One of the big stars of last year’s Anaheim Ducks squad, Sonny Milano was not qualified by the Anaheim Ducks as General Manager Pat Verbeek seeks to make changes to the franchise that was formerly owned by Disney. Now, the unrestricted free agent is still without a home and the Hurricanes could seek to add the Massapequa, New York native to the roster.
Milano is not going to be someone that the fan base jumps and rejoices about. Not straight away at least. He is someone that can play in the middle six and score when he wants to. Opening the bank up and blasting the puck into the net isn’t his forte, but he is a very strong player in all three zones and relies mainly on his intelligence away from the puck. Whether that is calling for the Svechnikov as a pass, or just knowing where to be.
Sliding him into the third-line role as someone that can put the puck in the net while playing a complete game all over the ice, Milano is an ideal addition as a depth piece for any team that wants to be labeled as a contender. Capable of being a second powerplay unit guy and contributing from deep down the pecking order, there is a lot to like with this player and he will be a sought-after man I’d imagine.
I can hear you asking through the screen “how come we’re a week into free agency and Milano is still an unrestricted free agent?” and that is a very good question. I would hazard a guess that Milano is being affected by the backlog in the free agent market. Some of the best free agents that hit the market are still available and as time goes on, I suspect they will be signing for less than they thought they would be.