Adam Pardy just found himself some competition for a spot on the Dallas Stars roster. Aaron Rome has spent the last three years with the Vancouver Canucks, quietly playing his role of a stay at home defenseman willing to put his body on the line. He’s not going to give the Stars many points (he was just 4-6-10 last season), but Canucks fans like him for his ability to block shots and play responsible defense. This is a bit of an odd signing, as many expected the Stars to attempt signing a top four or top pairing defenseman like Jason Garrison, and that could very well still happen, but I don’t think many saw Joe Nieuwendyk signing a depth defenseman when the system is ready to supply prospects like Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn, Patrik Nemeth, and possibly Jamie Oleksiak. Rome could be a bit of a roadblock for players ready to make the jump to the NHL. This could be an indication that someone is on their way out, or that the team has lost confidence in Adam Pardy, but we can’t say for sure just yet. Rome is getting himself a sizeable raise, from a $750,000 cap hit to $1.5 million, so the Stars saw something they liked and grabbed him. We’ll see how this shakes out, but it’s one of the more mysterious moves Nieuwendyk has made. No one ever said too much depth was a bad thing, though.
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