Defenseman Aaron Rome was the latest Dallas Stars player to arrive in Frisco, and he took part in Thursday’s skate at the team’s practice facility.
Rome’s been skating for about a month now as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. Rome, who played through the issue last season, underwent the procedure on May 1.
“It feels pretty good,” Rome said. “It feels better than it did last year. Obviously, when you are skating like this it is one thing, but when you get into competitive practices, camp and games it’s another. We’ll take it a day at a time, and hopefully it feels better.”
The recovery time for the surgery is usually four to six months and Rome said he expects to be ready when the Stars open the season in early October.
“It will be four months September 1, and it feels pretty good for the procedure that I had,” Rome said. “I do (expect to be ready), for sure. I am skating and have been skating for a bit. I want to be ready as soon as I can. I’ve been training hard and I just want to play with the guys.”
There was more to Rome’s offseason than just recovering from the hip surgery. He spent some time in Hawaii.
“Took my wife there, treated her a bit,” he said.
A lot has changed since he left Dallas back in the spring, and he’s excited about where things sit as training camp approaches.
“It’s awesome. We’ve changed a bit of everything. The jerseys and everything,” he said. “Lots of changes with the players and management and coaching. It’s a fresh start for the guys, we’ve got some young guys coming up and it’s exciting. It’s exciting to be part of an organization that is making this many changes and wants to win. Now we’ve just got to go out and do it.”
Nemeth feeling healthy after injury-plagued 2012-13 season
Stars defense prospect Patrik Nemeth arrived in Frisco this week and said he feels healthy after missing considerable time with concussion issues last season while playing for the Texas Stars of the AHL.
“My concussion symptoms disappeared when I got home,” Nemeth said. “It’s been good all summer. It’s been feeling good.”
The Swedish defenseman, the Stars’ second round pick (41st overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, was injured in the middle of February and missed 24 games. He played one game on the final weekend of the regular season, but the symptoms return so he missed the final game of the regular season and the playoffs.
“I played just to try and see. The practices felt pretty good. I felt good the first period, but in the second period I felt the symptoms again,” he said. “I didn’t want to risk anything so I left the game.”
Despite the injury, Nemeth still had a solid season, his first in North America. He played 47 games with Texas, registering 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists) and a plus-11 rating. There was an adjustment to the North American game at first, but he was playing exceptionally well just prior to going out with the injury.
“The longer it went the better I played,” Nemeth said. “From game 15 to the time I got injured I played good hockey. This is a new season and I feel I am better prepared. I am really excited about this year.”
Video of Thursday’s skate in Frisco
Here’s some video of Thursday’s skate in Frisco. Kari Lehtonen, Jack Campbell, Dan Ellis and Edmonton’s Richard Bachman are the goaltenders. Aaron Rome was the only new arrival on the ice today.