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Veteran d-man Rome signs with Ducks’ AHL affiliate


After failing to latch on in Detroit on a professional tryout, Aaron Rome is trying his hand at the AHL level.

On Wednesday, the Norfolk Admirals -- AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks -- announced they’ve signed Rome to a PTO. The 31-year-old joins the organization he originally broke into the NHL with; Rome made his big-league debut in Anaheim during the 2006-07 season, then went on to appear in over 200 more contests with the Blue Jackets, Canucks and Stars.

A physical, stay-at-home defenseman, Rome’s best years came with Vancouver from 2010-12, though he’ll be forever tied to this infamous hit on Nathan Horton during the ’11 Stanley Cup Final:

That hit netted Rome a four-game suspension -- the longest in Cup Final history -- though he did return the following year to score a career-high four goals and 10 points in 43 games for the Canucks.

Following his time in Vancouver, Rome inked a three-year, $4.5 million deal with Dallas but was bought out this past summer, then landed in Detroit during training camp and part of the exhibition campaign.