Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Vancouver Signs D Aaron Rome

The Canucks have made a big splash, signing household name Aaron Rome to a 1 year, one way, $525k deal.

All kidding a side, this is a minor signing to add depth on the blueline. Rome will likely be battling it out for the #7-8 slot on defense. Rome is a fairly big guy (6'1", 225lbs) who is willing to drop the gloves. He has shown some ability to put up points at the AHL level, scoring .58 pts per game in Syracuse over the past two seasons, but has been limited to only 26 games at the NHL level.

From Hockey's Future's Aaron Rome Profile:

Rome is a self-described stay at home defenseman who can add a little offense. He is a strong skater with great positioning and solid puck-handling and passing skills. With his exceptional vision and awareness he can anticipate the play. His offensive game and shot from the point has improved as he has seen increased powerplay time. He can be physical when necessary and plays with a bit of an edge.

Rome is only 25 so there is certainly still plenty of time for him to develop into an NHL defenseman.

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