Aaron Rome Signs with Dallas Stars
The Dallas Stars beefed up on defense, continuing the big-man philosophy by inking defenseman Aaron Rome to a three year contract worth $4.5 million total. Rome, a physical depth defenseman most notably remembered for his crushing hit on Nathan Horton during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, will likely be stuck on the lower end of the defense crew.
Rome, 28, is best known for his stay-at-home defense style. He spent the last three years with the Vancouver Canucks, totaling just 5 goals and 14 assists over that span.
"Aaron is a physical defensive defenseman who adds size and grit to our blue line," GM Joe Nieuwendyk said in the Stars' official press release. "He competes at a very high level and helps make our team to play against."
Technically, Rome has won a Stanley Cup, as he appeared in one playoff game with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. He was simply one game away from his second ring as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
Rome will cost $1.5 million against the cap. The Stars have plenty of cap room to work with, but Nieuwendyk said that they are out of the Zach Parise sweepstakes. Will the Stars target Matt Carle with Jason Garrison off the board? Plenty of possibilities remain, and it's only day one.