COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Aaron Rome to a one year, two-way NHL and American Hockey League contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced July 17. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Rome, 24, had one goal and one assist for two points with 33 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Blue Jackets last season. He collected his first career NHL point with an assist against Detroit on March 16 and netted his first career goal at Detroit on April 3 against Dominik Hasek. He also added 5-24-29 and 157 penalty minutes in 55 games with Syracuse and Portland (AHL), including 3-21-24 and 126 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Crunch after being acquired with Clay Wilson from Anaheim in exchange for Geoff Platt on November 14. He set career highs in assists, points and penalty minutes and was second among Crunch defensemen in points.
Los Angeles' fourth pick, 104th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft, Rome has registered 20-74-94, 513 penalty minutes and has a cumulative plus/minus rating of +20 in 270 career AHL games with Cincinnati, Portland and Syracuse. He made his NHL debut with the Ducks in 2006-07, logging 14:31 of ice time against Detroit on January 2, 2007 and appeared in one Stanley Cup Playoffs game in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota.
Deposits are now being accepted for Blue Jackets season tickets for the 2008-09 season. New 10 and 20 game plans also are available starting at $240. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.