Last night NHL salary tracking website CapGeek.com claimed that the Colorado Avalanche had signed two more players for the 2011-12 season.

Ryan Stoa

Ryan Stoa | Courtesy of the Associated Press

Via the site’s Twitter feed, CapGeek announced that both Ryan Stoa and David Liffiton had been signed. This was immediately corroborated by Brennan Klak, who runs the NHLUpdate twitter account. The news has yet to be confirmed or denied by the Avalanche organization and Denver Post Beat writer Adrian Dater has also been unable to substantiate the claims.

Forward Ryan Stoa played 25 games with the Avs last season, notching 4 points and finishing minus four while largely failing to impress at the NHL level. He spent the majority of the season with the Lake Erie Monsters where he had 16 goals and 17 assists in 48 contests and finished plus five, showing more offensive prowess. CapGeek is reporting his contract to be a one year, two-way contract valued at $803,250 – a $46,750 decrease from last season.

Defenseman David Liffiton only managed a quick peek with the Avalanche. He scored a single goal and finished plus three with 17 penalty minutes in just four games. For the Monsters, Liffiton battled injury, playing a mere 18 games and accumulating four points and 57 penalty minutes. His contract is reportedly worth $525,000 – a $25,000 increase – and is also a one year, two-way arrangement.

 

 

Tomas Vokoun

Vokoun Wants To Come To Colorado?

Dater did however post a minor blog about Tomas Vokoun that referenced some interesting information. According to an Edmonton Journal blog post by Peter Adler that references an interview with Mlada fronta Dnes, a Czech Republic newspaper, Vokoun said he’d be interesting in playing for the Avalanche.

“I would not be displeased if I got a good offer from Florida and accepted it,” the paper quotes Vokoun as saying. “But if I happen to get an offer from a team that might have a chance to challenge for the Stanley Cup, now, that might be irresistible.” 

Like which team? 

“Like Colorado,” Vokoun said.

Adler asserts that Edmonton could be considered a worthy franchise for a goalie of Vokoun’s caliber if they managed to make a turn around push like the Avalanche did in 2009-10.

What do you think? Is Vokoun worthy? Confident he’ll sign in Colorado? Concerned the Avs are only signing bit players?