30-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Aaron Rome Contract Information:
Stars bought out final year of Rome's contract in June 2014.
Rome had the final year of his contract bought out by the Stars on Tuesday, Tom Callahan of 102.5 The Game reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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Rome's three-year deal last summer ranked as one of the stranger ones of that offseason and a foot injury limited him to just 27 games last year (those in attendance when he was injured were indeed witness to the Fall of Rome). When healthy, he skated as a member of the second or third pairing on the blue line, a role he's expected to continue in this season.
The Stars inked Rome to a three-year deal over the summer in the hope he'll be a solid addition to an overall team weakness on the blue line. He projects as a decent shutdown option on the second pairing.
A rash of injuries to the Canucks' blue line during the 2010-11 season opened up some significant playing time for Rome. He finished the season with five points (1 G, 4 A) through a career-high of 56 games. Rome will be back in a similar role as a depth defenseman for the Canucks during the 2011-12 season.
Rome was a surprise contributor for the Canucks last season, appearing in a career-high 49 games. He was rewarded with a two-year deal this offseason, but donít expect much fantasy value from this offensively-challenged (0 G, 4 A) depth defenseman.
The Canucks signed Rome to a one-year deal this offseason. He's been a solid producer throughout his career at the AHL level, but that success has never translated in his brief NHL stints. With multiple additions to Vancouver's blue line this offseason, Rome appears to be a fringe player once again.
The Blue Jackets liked what they saw of Rome in 17 games last season, but the stay-at-home defenseman will be hard-pressed to earn a regular spot on the blue line given the team's offseason additions.
Rome will start the season in Portland of the AHL. Last season in Portland he posted 25 points (eight goals and 17 assists) in 76 games. If he can post similar numbers this season, he may see some time with the big club. Though he wonít get enough time to even be considered of a fantasy roster spot.
Rome put up 5-19-24 for Portland (AHL) last season and he'll likely spend all of this season there.