The Last Schremp on the Plate

Rob Schremp really should have signed his two-way deal a long time ago. Things that may have kept this from getting done include the agent and player holding out for a one-way deal (crazy talk), the organization having a list of priorities that had Schremp at the every end of the list (not likely) or that there’s a gap between the two sides in terms of value for this player.

It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for the Oilers to just let him go. Schremp has not developed as had been hoped and the odds he’ll get a top 6F forward job on the big club aren’t great. If the player and the agent are so confident Schremp would be claimed when sent out in the fall, a 2-way deal would be no problem.

I suspect the kid wants a trade to a new town, and this last gasp is his way of getting noticed before signing on the dotted line.

If he was my son I think we’d have a talk about Europe. Finland or Sweden, maybe even Russia. Head over there, get some attention and maybe the Oilers trade him for a pick in the next 12 months.

I don’t think he makes the big club, especially considering Pat Quinn’s recent comments on possible lines:

“I’ve been historically a 4-line guy. You’re looking for balance. But me may not have that kind of roster. We may need to have a checking line, a slug line and two scoring lines. I am not pre-judging any of that.”

Let’s take a guess at the lines:

  • Scoring line 1: Horcoff-Penner-Hemsky
  • Scoring line 2: Gagner-O’Sullivan-Cogliano
  • Checking line: Pouliot-Moreau-Pisani
  • Slug line: Brule-Jacques-Stortini

That leaves out Nilsson, Potulny, Reddox, MacIntyre, Schremp. If we look at those 12 jobs and ask the question “how many of those jobs could Rob Schremp be considered for based on the current depth chart?” what is our answer?

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