The Vancouver Canucks defense – and on some level, the entire team – was in disarray by Game 6 of their semifinal feud with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 playoffs. Injuries caused some issues, particularly with shutdown guy Willie Mitchell. The team hopes to bolster its depth by retaining journeyman defenseman Aaron Rome for two more years. (Source: TSN)
The 26-year old Rome, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, played 49 games with the Canucks this season, registering four assists. He also took part in one playoff game.
Rome averaged about 15 minutes of ice time when he did manage to crack the Canucks roster. He didn’t spend much time killing penalties (less than a minute per game) or on the powerplay (less than 30 seconds per game). His plus/minus rating was -2.
The signing allows Vancouver to focus on their forward ranks, with their defense and goalies more or less covered. Rome isn’t a world-beater, but could be a bottom pairing or reserve defenseman for a team that deals with its fair share of bruises and injuries.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Video: Evander Kane believes he won his fights vs. Alex Petrovic
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.
That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.
After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
#TORvsCGY Roster Update: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Lance Bouma will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game vs. the #Leafs.