The Colorado Avalanche continue to be very active before the 2011 NHL Draft, as they’ve extended contracts to two players currently within the system.
Forward Ryan Stoa, 24, has received a two-way contract from the Avalanche for $803,000 that carries a salary cap hit of $850,000. Colorado’s second round selection out of the University of Minnesota in 2005, Stoa saw some significant playing time in the NHL this past season due to injuries. Unfortunately, he did not impress with his performance.
He played in 25 games — and with top line center Paul Stastny — and yet could only manage two goals and four total points. With other forwards quickly approaching the NHL level, like Joey Hishon, this could be Stoa’s last year with the organization unless he finally realizes his potential. He becomes a restricted free agent after this upcoming season.
The Avalanche also signed defenseman David Liffiton, 26, to a one year deal valued at $525,000. Liffiton, Colorado’s second round selection in 2005, has seen limited time in the NHL and is likely good depth for AHL Lake Erie Monsters. In case of injury, he would be one of the better options to fill a bench spot in Colorado. He’s responsible defensively and is armed with a good point shot. Liffiton appeared in just four games during the 2010-2011 season, scoring a goal and an assist.