NHL veteran Aaron Rome is added to a thin defensive corps.
Well-documented defensive problems and an upcoming road trip have lead the Ads to signing NHL vet Aaron Rome. He is perhaps most well-known for his time in the Vancouver Canucks organization. During his tenure the Canucks would reach the Stanley Cup Final, where Rome would be most remembered for a hit on then-Bruins forward Nathan Horton. Rome would be suspended 4 games (the rest of the series) by the NHL. After the 2011-12 season, he would join the Dallas Stars. Consistently injured, Rome could never find a constant spot in the Dallas lineup and played 8 games with AHL Texas last season. Dallas decided to use their compliance buyout on Rome after last season.
Rome has decent offensive numbers in his longer AHL stints, but has scored no more than 10 points in an NHL season. Further, Rome has drawn tough zone start assignments in the NHL though they tend to be coupled with weaker competition. His possession numbers are not great, coupled with a shorter time-on-ice that reflects a third-pairing defenseman. It’s unclear where Rome will fit in with the Admirals.
Rome will probably play, but with whom? Pairings are not completely set-Andrew O’Brien has switched between Nathan McIver and Jesse Blacker as partners. Blacker has proved to be a liability, so who else is pulled from the top-6? Will it be Mat Clark? I dare to wonder.
stefan noesen out for extended period of time
Bad news again for Stefan Noesen. The 2nd-year pro injured his Achilles on Saturday, according to the Virginian-Pilot. He will miss a good portion of the year and there is no immediate timetable. Noesen missed almost all of last year with another foot injury, and this is incredibly bad luck for the young forward. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.
Aaron Rome will wear #29…