The Anaheim Ducks have signed 24-year-old Sonny Milano to a 2 year extension. The pending restricted free agent will be a Duck through the 2021-22 season.
ANA signing Sonny Milano to a two-year, $1.7M AAV extension
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 28, 2020
Sonny Milano Signs Two-Year Extension
During the middle of the first game back from a 139-day hiatus, the Anaheim Ducks have locked in the young forward for two more seasons. The contract has him making an average of $1.7 million each season. The former 16th overall pick in the 2014 entry draft was was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets on the trade deadline. In exchange, Columbus received pending restricted-free-agent, Devin Shore.
In his nine games with the team this year, Milano scored two goals and three assists for five points. Over 55 games played this season, he notched seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points on the year.
What This Means For The Future
With the signing of Milano, the Ducks have one more restricted free agent to sign, defenceman Jacob Larsson. The lower cap hit gives the team a small amount of flexibility going into the off season. With the addition of Milano’s contract, they are going to have just north of four million in cap space to work with. For a team that is in the middle of a re-tool, that small amount of cap room will surely hurt their chances of bagging a big name asset this offseason. The team also has three unrestricted free agents to try to resign, if they choose to. Most notably is veteran goaltender, Ryan Miller. Assuming the American born net-minder returns for one more season, his services could be useful in a primarily back-up role he has assumed over the last few seasons.
Milano still has a lot of untapped potential to his play. Under the coaching of John Tortorella, Milano was only able to excel so far. With the change of scenery and the chance to prove himself in a young organization, he has all the tools to become a consistent top-six forward in Anaheim.