Rome picks Canucks over free agency

6/15/2010 - NHL Aaron Rome Vancouver Canucks + more

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenseman Aaron Rome to a two-year contract extension.

The deal will pay Rome $700,000 next season and $800,000 the following year. The 26-year-old Rome would have been eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Signed by the Canucks as a free agent last summer after playing just 26 NHL games over his first five pro seasons, Rome played 49 games with four assists.