Well, I can’t say I saw it coming, but then again I was close.
Just moments ago, rumors began to circle until more than one credible source defended it, so now it is 99% true.
The Stars placed Aaron Rome on waivers earlier this morning, and will be looking to use a compliance buyout.
This move officially begins the NHL offseason in the waiving department, at least, considering waiving and buyouts are the only things that can occur right now, besides trade, which no one is truly ready for until July 1st, anyways.
Rome had 2 less than memorable seasons in Big D. After signing on during the FA period in 2012 when he left the Canucks, he pinned a 3 year deal with the Stars. Through his 2 years, it has almost been as if the Stars were missing a defenseman every time Rome was on the freeze. He was too much of a non-factor in the Stars defensive scheme except for the physical edge he brought. With 25 starts this past year, the 30 year old squeaked out just 1 point overall and found nothing during a 1 game suit-up in the postseason with Dallas. So over his Dallas career, he has 0 goals and 6 assists in 52 games. Not the type of person you want to be paying. In his report card, I stated that the Stars need to ditch their ties with Rome, and they did it in the most subtle way possible.
Rome will still be guaranteed 2/3 of his salary over the next couple of years, but the Stars will be using a compliance buyout. This means that unlike a traditional buyout, there will be no lasting effects on the Stars cap next season and giving them a little breathing room on the cap if they should need it for usage. With Rome gone, the Stars have a little more space to use in the FA offers.
Rome was a fun guy to watch in his time, but he is officially headed to the FA pool. Good move Stars, now get us a defenseman that we will USE to our full advantage.