Canucks re-sign D Aaron Rome to 2-year deal ($750k per)
Because he is 2 games shy of 80 NHL games, Rome is a Group 6 UFA as of July 1, but he would like to re-sign with the Canucks.
Rome was the team's seventh or eighth D-man most of the first half of the season but after Willie Mitchell went down with what became a long-term concussion, he played regularly and showed he's capable of being a top-six NHL blueliner.
Rome's agent, Vancouver-based Kevin Epp, said he's already had discussions with the Canucks about a new deal and will have more before his client becomes a UFA on July 1. Epp said that signing a new contract could happen before that date if the deal is right.
“We've had conversations and I think they see him as (a top-six NHL defenceman),” said Epp. “We'll talk more. I think we're moving down the path. I think they liked him and liked how he played and he obviously liked playing here so they've just got to figure out where he fits. I think he knows it's a good team and a winning organization. If you're in that environment, you don't necessarily have to look outside.”
Last season, Rome made $525,000 and will likely be looking for a multi-year deal and a reasonable raise.
Maybe it's just me, but maybe I think Rome has a chance to be a top-4 guy. Smart defender, and great with the breakout pass. He hasn't even had a full season under his belt yet, but give him a couple more seasons of experience and maybe he'll turn into a fixture in our top 4. For now, he makes a fabulous bottom-pairing guy.