Every Goal, 2011-12: Aaron Rome

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.

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1 | November 6 vs Chicago Blackhawks

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.

2 | November 10 vs Los Angeles Kings

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.

3 | November 13 vs New York Islanders

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.

4 | February 24 vs New Jersey Devils

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.

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3 comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 18, 2012

    No more Rome-ing in the deep style puns, I’ll miss the guy! Do you guys expect he’ll perform the same that he did here?

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  2. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    July 19, 2012

    Wait, if Rome is gone, who will clean up David Booth’s misses?

    Also, remember when the Kings weren’t good? Sigh…

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  3. the real bob
    July 21, 2012

    Remember when Aaron Rome had the best PPG rate in the NHL?

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