Flames continue to seek help forward, sign Sonny Milano at PTO

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He made headlines — and featured reels — last season as the guy who finished “The Dishigan.”

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Now Sonny Milano is hoping to receive a contract offer from the Calgary Flames.

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The 26-year-old left-winger agreed to a training camp tryout with the Flames, which came as a bit of a surprise since most thought he would be a popular target as an unrestricted free agent.

Milano scored 14 goals and 34 points last winter during a breakout campaign with the Anaheim Ducks. Among his burials, he hit home that lacrosse-style lob pass from up-and-coming star Trevor Zegras during a December date with the Buffalo Sabres.

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During the NHL media tour last week, Zegras told theScore he was “shocked” that Milano had yet to land a contract for the upcoming season.

“I love this guy. One of the best teammates ever,” Zegras said. “Maybe he’s just looking for the right person.”

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There seems to be an obvious adjustment at the Saddledome, with the Flames looking to fill at least one position among their top nine forwards. Milano, listed at 6 feet and 194 pounds, could slip in as a second or third line winger.

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The thing is, the Flames have just over $2 million in projected salary cap space. As PTO, Milano will still be able to present offers from other teams. With a strong preseason performance, he could command more than Calgary general manager Brad Treliving can afford.

Milano has recorded 197 career games on NHL ice, scoring 36 goals and 45 assists.

ICE FRIES: The Flames rookie campers finished with a record winless 2022 Young Star Classic. They ended their stay in Penticton, B.C. with a 5-3 loss Monday to the Winnipeg Jets. Jakob Pelletier, Emilio Pettersen and tryout guest Christoffer Sedoff provided the Flames’ offense in their tournament final.

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Brandon D. James