The New York Rangers have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Marc Staal to a 5 year deal worth $3.975 million a year. Brochu's take: This contract will look like a bargain in 2-3 years time. Staal is an emerging defender in the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings have invited forward Aaron Downey to training camp.
The Atlanta Thrashers have signed forward Enver Lisin to a try-out contract.
Brochu's European rumor roundup:
According to Sportsnet, Peter Forsberg has not closed the door on a return to the NHL. Although still recovering from ankle surgery, Forsberg has stated that he hasn't decided "100 percent" that he will retire. Source Brochu's take: So that means we have to endure another year of Forsberg rumors...