Capitals Sign Sonny Milano To One-Year Deal

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The Washington Capitals announced Sunday morning that they have signed forward Sonny Milano to one-year, one-way deal at $750,000. Milano will be immediately waived in order to be re-assigned to Hershey.

News leaked Saturday night that the Capitals were closing-in on signing the former Anaheim forward.

If Milano clears waivers, and it’s very likely he will, as all teams have had the opportunity to sign the 26-year old in recent weeks, he will report to Hershey officially on Monday.


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Sonny Milano to a one-year, $750,000 contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Milano will be placed on waivers for purpose of loan to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Milano, 26, recorded 34 points (14g, 20a) in 66 games with the Anaheim Ducks in 2021-22. The 6’0″, 194-pound forward established single-season career highs in assists (20), points (34) and games played (66) and tied a career high in goals (14) last season. Milano has recorded 81 points (36g, 45a) in 197 career NHL games with Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim.

The Massapequa, New York native was selected by Columbus in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft. Milano, who has recorded 115 points (40g, 75a) in 166 career AHL games, won the Calder Cup with the Lake Erie Monsters in 2016.

Internationally, Milano has represented the United States at the 2014 U18 World Junior Championship, the 2015 and 2016 U20 World Junior Championships and the 2018 World Championship. Milano scored the gold medal clinching goal for the U.S. at the 2014 U18 World Junior Championship and earned bronze medals at the 2016 U20 World Junior Championship and at the 2018 World Championships.

The Massapequa, New York native recorded 14 goals and 34 points in 66 Games Played with Anaheim last season. Originally drafted by Columbus with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Milano made highlight reels with this goal against the Buffalo Sabres during his time with Anaheim.

In 197 Games Played in parts of eight NHL season, Milano has 36 Goals and 81 Points. He was signed to a Professional Tryout Offer by the Calgary Flames in September, but was released from the offer. His 14-goal, 34-point performance last season marked his best in the NHL. He is a former Bronze Medal winner with Team USA at the World Hockey Championships (2018) and was a member of the Lake Erie Monsters’ Calder Cup-winning team in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs.

After losing young forwards Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and Brett Leason to waiver claims, the Caps seem to be attempting to give the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears additional options.


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