Canucks Pickup Defenceman Aaron Rome

Kevin LeeContributor IJuly 1, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 26:  Aaron Rome #44 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates on the ice during the NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawkson March 26, 2008 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

No Marian Gaborik yet on July 1, but the Canucks did add depth on their defense by signing defenseman Aaron Rome to a one-year, one-way contract worth $550,000 US.

Rome is described by scouts as an all-around defenseman who can bring toughness to a lineup as well as bringing a little bit of offense and playing on the power play.

We can expect Rome to serve as the seventh defenseman for the team this upcoming season. While Gillis targets puckmovers, the likes of Marc-Andre Bergeron and Steve Eminger to replace Mattias Ohlund.

According to NHL.com's free agents list, the Vancouver Canucks have qualified the rights to restricted free agents Shane O'Brien, Kyle Wellwood, and Jannik Hansen. Wellwood and O'Brien are salary arbitration eligible. While Zack Fitzgerald, Julien Ellis, and Patrick Coulombe were not qualified, thus are currently unrestricted free agents.