NHL News: Brandon Carlo on IR, Caps sign Sonny Milano, and Ian Cole cleared

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Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo landed on injured reserve Sunday with an upper-body injury.

Carlo absorbed a big hit along the boards from Arizona forward Liam O’Brien in the first period of Saturday’s 6-3 win against the Coyotes.

“He’s better today than we were expecting,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “We’re hopeful. But he’s still not ready to play.”

Brandon Carlo on IR

Carlo, 25, has four penalty minutes in two games this season, his seventh with the Bruins. He has 70 points (21 goals, 49 assists) in 405 games since Boston drafted him in the second round in 2015.

The Bruins recalled defenseman Dan Renouf from Providence of the American Hockey League in a corresponding transaction Sunday.

Renouf, 28, has three assists in 23 career games with the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche. He signed with Boston in July.

Capitals sign Sonny Milano

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Jan 9, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie Lukas Dostal (1) celebrates his first NHL win with left wing Sonny Milano (12) at Honda Center. The Ducks wins 4-3 in the shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals signed forward Sonny Milano to a one-year, $750,000 contract on Sunday.

Per the Capitals, Milano will be placed on waivers for the purpose of a loan to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

Milano, 26, recorded career-high totals in assists (20), points (34) and games played (66) last season with the Anaheim Ducks. His 14 goals tied a personal best, set during the 2017-18 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Milano has collected 81 points (36 goals, 45 assists) in 197 career NHL games with Blue Jackets and Ducks. He was selected by Columbus with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Ian Cole cleared by NHL

The NHL on Saturday cleared Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ian Cole, who was suspended earlier this week after an anonymous social media accusation of sexual abuse against him.

The league launched an investigation after a Twitter user posted Oct. 7 that Cole had groomed her for four years and started doing so when she was a minor in high school. The post also stated that Cole pressured her to have sex with him.

The league “found no evidence to substantiate the allegations” and “now considers this matter closed.”

The Lightning suspended Cole on Sunday while the league’s security and legal departments conducted their probes.

The NHLPA released a statement saying it’s “pleased” that the situation is now resolved.

“However, players should never be subject to suspension or discipline in response to unsubstantiated and anonymous accusations,” the union said in a statement. “Removing a player from his team under these circumstances is inappropriate and grossly unfair.”

Cole, 33, denied the claims from the outset.

Cole is in his 13th season. He spent last season with the Carolina Hurricanes before signing a one-year deal with the Lightning valued at $3 million.

–Field Level Media