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Report: Rome, Canucks to part ways

Jun 25, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

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The player responsible for one of the most infamous moments in Canucks history is leaving the organization.

Defenseman Aaron Rome won’t be offered a contract extension with the club, agent Kevin Epp told Vancouver’s News1130.

Epp said he wasn’t surprised the Canucks showed no interest in bringing back his client, who fell out of the rotation last year despite putting up career highs in goals, assists and points. Rome appeared just once in Vancouver’s brief five-game playoff run and only appeared in 43 regular-season contests.

While Rome’s departure from Vancouver sounds imminent, it’s unlikely the city will ever forget him.

It was he who laid out Boston’s Nathan Horton in Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, setting off a chain reaction of events that reverberate to this day. Rome’s subsequent four-game suspension — quadruple the length of any suspension ever given in a Cup final — is a record that’s likely to stand for a long time.

The hit also turned the series on its head (Boston outscored Vancouver 21-4 following it) and set off a chain of head injury issues for Horton, who missed 36 games last year with a concussion.

  1. drewsylvania - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Thanks Rome. D-bag.

  2. ironmike778 - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Screw this guy and his gutless cheap shot.

  3. govtminion - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Here’s hoping no one else picks him up.

  4. ballistictrajectory - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Apologies in advance:

    All penalties lead to Rome…

  5. habsman - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    The hit was borderline clean. He was suspended by Colie Campbell’s (Greg’s Daddy) flunkie Mike Murphy.

    Funny Bruin fans can dish it, but can’t take it.

    Especially when talking about cheap shots. Their team is loaded with cheap shot artists. Sucker puncher Horton got what was coming. Deal with it.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Just FYI, Vanny fans, you do realize you’re agreeing with habsman, right?

      • kitshky - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        You do realize that objecting to people vilainizing a man’s entire career for one hit is not agreeing with habsman, right?

    • jamestshattenkirk - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      I “deal with it” everyday by recalling how, after the hit, my favourite team absolutely obliterated the Canucks, thereby shutting up the idiot Vancouver media, the idiot Vancover fans, AND the idiot Canucks players who had acted as if their name was already engraved on the Cup when the season began. By the way, I have always lived in Vancouver, I love the city, but it was soooo sweet to see the air get let out of that balloon.

      • dolanster - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:58 PM

        LOL. Perfect. Habsman, enjoy the cellar again this year. Maybe you can finish above Toronto.

  6. sergeikremlin - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    With Gragnani, Ballard, and Alberts all fighting for those 5,6,7 spots, and young guys like Connauton and Sauve pushing from the AHL, there really isn’t room for Rome there anyways. And, it was a clean hit in terms of contact, but a late, predatory hit, which makes it dirty overall.

  7. darthhamel - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Anyone who has watched the Canucks for more than the SCF knows that Aaron Rome is not a dirty player, as the Horton hit was the only questionable hit of his career. People who say otherwise are just showing their ignorance.

    “Rome is a dirty player because he gave a [probably] dirty hit in the 1 game I watched him play in.”

    Please only comment on players you have seen regularly. It makes the conversation exhaustingly tedious.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Sanctimonious much?

  8. kitshky - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Absolutely. I’m not gonna get into the hit again, it was a late hit. We can all agree. (less than 2 seconds after possession was lost, on his own blue line, in the SCF … but yes late.)

    I only ask anyone who’s going to sit here and try and a paint a hard nosed, honest, blue collar D man like Rome as a “cheap”, “dirty”, “dbag” who no one shouldever pick up … to please do us all a favour and take their head out of their ass.

    One hit, that didn’t even come close to some of the crap we saw in this years playoffs, does not make a mans career.

  9. jbreyare - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Most infamous moment? Does the name Todd Bertuzzi ring a bell? The Rome hit is a love tap compared to what that punk Bertuzzi did.

  10. mrpickled - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Welcome to San Jose Mr. Rome

  11. fahmundamahbalsaq - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    We can use him in Philly! Especially since we hate the f******* Bruins!

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