The Capitals signed another free agent on Saturday when they inked center Ryan Stoa to a one-year, two-way contract.
OK, so hes not Shane Doan. But Stoa, 25, does have size, strength and NHL potential.
Stoa collected 36 points 16 goals, 20 assists and 65 penalty minutes in 75 games with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League AHL last season. He finished tied for third on the team in points and goals and sixth in assists.
In 2010-11, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound center tallied NHL career highs in games played 25, goals two, assists two and points four with the Colorado Avalanche. He has recorded seven points four goals, three assists and 20 penalty minutes in 37 career NHL games with Colorado.
In 177 career AHL games, Stoa has compiled 109 points 55 goals, 54 assists and 162 penalty minutes.
A native of Bloomington, Minn., Stoa was originally drafted by Colorado in the second round 34th overall of the 2005 NHL draft. He spent four seasons at the University of Minnesota 2005-09 where he was named a WCHA First Team All-Star in 2009 and helped Minnesota win the WCHA tournament in 2007.
Stoa helped the United States win a bronze medal at the 2007 U-20 World Junior Championships and won a gold medal with the Americans in the 2005 U-18 World Junior Championships.
As for Doan, the 35-year-old veteran right wing is believed to be waiting to make a decision until he knows more about the future of the Phoenix Coyotes. Doan, an unrestricted free agent, has played 16 seasons and 1,198 games with the WinnipegPhoenix franchise. He recorded 22 goals and 28 assists last season.
The Carolina Hurricanes are among the teams believed to have interest in Doan if he is willing to leave Phoenix.