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Interesting Name Available For Montreal Canadiens On Waivers

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The Montreal Canadiens still have priority on the NHL waiver wire, and an interesting name is set to be available.

The Washington Capitals have signed former Anaheim Ducks winger Sonny Milano to a one-year deal worth $750,000 per season, and will subsequently be placing him on waivers at 2 pm on Sunday for the purposes of sending him to their AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.

Milano, a former 1st round pick in 2014, possesses good skill and speed in his game to be a more dependable goal-scoring option than what the Canadiens currently have on their bottom-six at the moment.

With Juraj Slafkovsky likely looking like he will need extra seasoning in the AHL before he can impose his style of game at the NHL level, Milano could be a cheap, low-risk addition the Canadiens can make; especially since veterans Mike Hoffman, Jonathan Drouin and Evgeni Dadonov have failed to impress so far.

If Milano were to impress in Montreal, he could be used as another trade chip at the NHL Trade Deadline in March when the Canadiens will look to unload players. If not, he can be placed back on waivers, and, if he clears, would not count against the Canadiens’ cap because of his league-minimum salary.

Milano fits the mould of what head coach Martin St. Louis is looking for in his players and perhaps Milano’s scoring touch could be an added boost the Canadiens could use at the moment on their bottom-six. It may not have worked out for him during his tryout with the potent Calgary Flames, but, perhaps on a rebuilding club looking to patch holes, the addition of Milano could make sense, especially given what we’ve seen in the first three games of the season.

The Canadiens will still have their waiver priority until November 1, even if they do claim Milano on Monday. They would still retain said priority in case another player of interest becomes available down the line, especially if an experienced, cheap defenceman finds himself on the waiver wire in the next two weeks.

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Brian Chandler

If he is that good why is he on waivers?

Dave

Drouin has played one game and others 3. Move Hoffman and sure, pick up milano.

Darryl

Because other teams are better and have more options on the wing.

Gordon Cheswick

You have to place UFA on waivers before you send to farm team

Brian Chandler

As far as #20 send him to Europe for lots of ice time and he cannot be called up. Saw a shot of him in the dressing room between periods in Washington he was sitting in the stall just staring off into space. Europe would be the best option for his development.

Dave

Reading too much into it.

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