Texas Stars general manager Scott White said he expects defenseman Aaron Rome to play in three of the next four games with the AHL club.
The 30-year-old defenseman had hip surgery during the offseason was sent down to Texas on a conditioning assignment yesterday.
Rome’s assignment can last 14 days — until Oct. 28 — during that time Texas will play six games. White said Rome could be in the AHL for all 14 days, but he would have a better idea of Rome’s status after this weekend.
“The job as a development team is to get the player ready for the NHL,” White said. “It might be a little slower at first, but he needs to play some games and get some minutes. It’s important that he’s playing a lot hockey, it’s not the NHL but (the conditioning assignment) will certainly allow him to get back to game shape.”
White also said the defensive depth in Dallas made the decision to send Rome on a conditioning stint easier.
In other roster moves the Texas Stars sent Taylor Vause, Ryan Button and Hubert Labrie to Idaho today. White said it was a playing time decision and I was particularly interested in why Taylor Vause was sent down, a player who looked pretty good during opening weekend and recently signed a standard AHL contract.
“We know what we have in Taylor Vause,” White said. “He’s on an AHL-ECHL contract, so that gives us a little more flexibility. To Taylor’s credit, he had a good camp and earned the standard contract when he was on the PTO … we know he provides good organizational depth.”
White also clarified that Brendan Ranford — who was a healthy scratch both nights of the opening weekend — is on an AHL contract, not an AHL-ECHL contract. White also expects Ranford to make his professional debut tonight against the Oklahoma City Barons.
“We’ll see where he goes as we move forward,” White said. “I believe he’s in tonight. He’s just dipping his toe in the water, but he had a good NHL camp and we’re interested to see what he can do.”