Aaron Rome was a divisive figure during his three seasons as a Vancouver Canuck. The depth defenceman didn’t do any one thing particularly well, save skipping pucks off the glass like he was throwing rocks at a lake on its side, so when he found himself in the lineup in place of the highly-touted, highly-paid, and costly to acquire Keith Ballard, people got upset. But, apart from the outrage over who he tended to replace, Rome was rarely noticeable in the Canucks’ lineup.
That is, apart from when he scored a goal. It happened five times in a Canucks’ uniform, and each one was met with surprise and amusement, like when a toddler does a somersault. Three of those goals took place during a brief hot streak last November, immediately after returning from a broken hand suffered in the preseason. It was must-see TV. While culturing a fabulous Movember duster, the defenceman suddenly looked like an offensive dynamo (and Wario). For a week, Rome was the man of the hour.
He’s gone now, having signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars, but we’ll always have November. And also that one he scored in February. Here are all 4 goals Aaron Rome scored last season.
In his first game back after suffering a broken hand in the preseason, Rome gets a chance to tee one up after David Booth misses a one-timer from between the dots and the puck slides back to the point. With everyone down low, Rome slides to the top of the circle before blowing the puck past Corey Crawford.
Huge props to CanucksHD for uploading not only the goal, but the marathon-length shift that leads to it. The Sedins, Jannik Hansen, Rome and Ballard control this puck for nearly a minute before a massive passing lane opens up between Daniel Sedin and Rome. Daniel makes no mistake, getting the puck up and over the one Kings’ stick that might be able to intercept it, and Rome tees up for his second goal in two games.
Just like his first goal of the season, Rome capitalizes after David Booth is unable to, as the winger circles the net attempting a wrap-around but falls down. Lucky for him, Rome is in front of the net (this is an absurd statement, in retrospect), and the moustachioed defenceman shovels home a backhand for his third goal in four games.
Like the second season premiere of Mad Men, three months have passed. Rome’s hot streak is long since over, and Peggy’s lost all that weight. But the man gets a chance to relive the glory days of November when a Chris Tanev point shot comes off the wall and Steve Bernier forgets where he is, as he tends to do when he’s standing in front of the net. Rome pounces on the loose puck, burying his fourth goal of the season and final goal as a Canuck.Tags: Aaron Rome, Every Goal, every goal 2011-12