The Montreal Canadiens continued to lock up potential free agents, signing Jake Lucchini to a one-year two-way contract extension for the 2020-2021 season.
The 25-year-old forward was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins with Joseph Blandisi in a trade that sent Riley Barber and Phil Varone the other way around. Blandisi signed an extension on Friday.
Lucchini will earn $ 700,000 in the NHL and $ 85,000 in the AHL this season. He had four goals and one assist in eight AHL games with the Laval Rocket after the trade. With the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, he had seven goals and eight assists in 53 games.
The Trail, BC native is someone whose effort has always been at a high level and is a perfect depth piece in the AHL. He could play mid-six for the Rocket, and Joel Bouchard has shown he can be successful with those types of players.
Lucchini is the 40th player to sign a contract with the Canadiens for the 2020-2021 season. The maximum is 50.