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Charles Hudon signs two-year AHL contract

Former Canadiens forward Charles Hudon has found work in the American Hockey League. The Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, announced on its Twitter account Monday afternoon that it had signed the Quebecer to a contract.

Here’s the Reign’s official post.

However, this is not a two-year contract, but rather an exclusive AHL contract. He won’t be able to join the Kings this season unless they offer him a contract.

Hudon now seems destined to stay in the AHL, having had his chance in the NHL last year but failed to impress. He played 9 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2022-23, but didn’t collect a single point during his stint.

He was, however, important to the Colorado Eagles in the AHL, amassing 54 points, including 29 goals, in 61 games.

Hudon was drafted in the fifth round by the Canadiens in 2012, but never found a permanent home in Montreal. He played in 72 games with the CH during the 2017-18 season, but never came close to a full NHL season for the rest of his career.

It was Marc Bergevin who drafted him in 2012. Bergevin is currently part of the Los Angeles Kings organization. It’s a strange reunion between the two men.

At 29, Hudon’s dreams of establishing himself in the NHL are certainly in the past. He will, however, become an important asset to the Kings’ affiliate.

The Rocket is on the move too

The Laval Rocket made four signings over the course of the day.

Laval signed forwards Jared Davidson and Jakov Novak, defenseman Tobie Paquette-Bisson and goaltender Strauss Mann.

Jared Davidson is probably the most interesting player of the bunch. Drafted in the 5th round of the 2022 draft by the CH, Davidson showed great things with the Seattle Thunderbirds in 2022-23. He helped them reach the Memorial Cup final with 6 points in 5 games.

Tobie Paquette-Bisson played with the Rocket for two seasons before joining the Ontario Reign for the 2022-23 campaign, so he’s making a return to his former team.

The signing of Strauss Mann brings stability to the goaltending position in the AHL. For the time being, only Jakub Dobes has a contract allowing him to play in the AHL as a goaltender.

Breaking news

– Canadiens prospects have fun on TikTok.

– He can console himself with a Stanley Cup.

– That’s a bit of an exaggerated comment.

– The coach is happy with the arrival of new players.

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