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With a wave of injuries plaguing them less than 20 games into the 2022-23 regular season, the Washington Capitals recalled reinforcements from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, a group which included forward Sonny Milano.
The former first-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets signed a one-year free agent deal with the Capitals on October 16, after going unsigned during the height of free agency following a career season with the Anaheim Ducks in 2021-22.
“Yeah I mean it’s a little weird but that’s the way it is”, Milano said of signing with the Caps, “But I stay positive and and it all worked out ’cause I’m here now and just ready to go.”
After finishing last season with a career-best 34 Points in 66 Games and sitting out most of the offseason into the new campaign, Milano is excited to show what he can do.
“Yeah, definitely excited; definitely weird a summer, so I’m definitely excited to get a game in here. Milano, a 26-year old native of Massapequa, New York, was assigned to the Bears to get back into a rhythm in terms of playing. “It was good”, said Milano of his experience in Chocolatetown, “I definitely learned a lot, good group of guys, and got me ready for today.”
Milano is familiar with current members of the Capitals, including defenseman Nick Jensen, goaltender Charlie Lindgren and defenseman Matt Irwin, through work with Team USA’s world tournaments. Ahead of his first time donning the Capitals’ sweater. Milano is hoping to make a noticeable impact, albeit still adjusting to his new ‘mates.
“I’m not too sure”, Milano responded when asked what part of his game could have the biggest difference in the contest, “I think I’m just gonna try and bring a lot of energy and offense like I just said, and see how it clicks.”
The Capitals take on the Arizona Coyotes tonight at 7:00 PM at Capital One Arena, kicking off a four-game homestand.
By Michael Fleetwood