NHL rumors: Aaron Rome waived, Stars to use compliance buyout

Aaron Rome played just 25 games for Dallas this season. (Getty Images)
Aaron Rome played only 25 games for Dallas this season. (Getty Images)

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The NHL offseason is officially under way as the buyouts have begun.

If you'll recall, every NHL team was given two buyouts to use -- free of salary-cap charge -- in the new CBA to help teams meet a cap that was coming down. Those buyouts could be used either last summer or this but after this offseason they are done.

The window to begin the buyouts opened on Monday morning and the Dallas Stars are the first team to use it, buying out defenseman Aaron Rome per reports from both Bob McKenzie and Ren Lavoie.

Rome only has one season left on his deal for $1.5 million but he was close to a non-factor for the Stars this season under Lindy Ruff. He played only 25 regular-season games averaging 13:05 per game and produced one assist. In the postseason he appeared in only one game for Dallas, in which he played only 8:51.

In other words, he didn't have a big role and that probably wasn't going to change as he will turn 31 just before the start of next season.

Rome will still receive two-thirds of his salary with the buyout spread out over a couple of years but unlike a traditional buyout, there will be no lasting effects on the Stars' salary cap for next season, giving them just a little more room under the cap should they plan to use it.

Rome signed with the Stars as a free agent two years ago after a three-year stop in Vancouver.

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