Russo, via Twitter, is reporting that the Wild has signed Centerman Nathan Smith, who you might remember from this incident a while back. All I can say is, Yay!
Also, the Aeros' Joe O'Donnell confirmed that the team has signed another solid AHL defenseman in Ryan Lannon to a one-year, two-way contract. He played for the San Antonio Rampage a year ago. Be sure to catch Joe's interview with Jim Mill about the signings of both Smith and Lannon.
That should be later up today at www.aeros.com ...
Doing a little research on him, Smith played some NHL, doesn't find the back of the net much, but seems to get the C on his chest quite often, so that speaks well of him. He played for Todd Richards in Wilkes-Barre, and I would expect him to be in Houston most of the time.
As far as Lannon goes, this just shores up the Aeros defense that much more. If the team really starts the season with Dubielewicz or whoever the Wild gets in the (alleg-ed and upcoming) trade for Harding, the goals against and PK will both improve over lasts season.