Charles Hudon signs one-year deal with Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens' Charles Hudon (54) moves in on New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood as Devils' Andy Greene defends during second period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, February 2, 2019. The Canadiens have signed forward Hudon to a one-year, US$800,000 contract.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Charles Hudon to a one-year, US$800,000 contract.

Hudon, 25, had three goals and two assists in 32 games with the Canadiens last season.

The signing prevents Hudon, who was a restricted free agent, from going to arbitration next month.

"Right now, I'm just focusing on the future and what's going on with me," Hudon said. "I'm a hockey player, I want to play hockey. I (didn't) want to go to arbitration."

The native of Alma, Que., has 13 goals and 26 assists in 110 career NHL games with Montreal

The five-foot-10, 196-pound left-winger was the Canadiens' fifth-round pick (122nd overall) in 2012.

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