A bit slow on this one (I actually worked at work today), but the Oilers and Rob Schremp have agreed to a 1-year, 2-way contract that will see Schremp earn $715K in the NHL or $75k in the AHL. Rumors are that the Islanders would scoop him up should the Oilers place him on waivers (Schremp will need to clear waivers if he is sent to Springfield). So it’s likely he’ll earn the big cash… somewhere this year. And that means somewhere this year we’ll get to see some “Rob Schremp hockey”.
In other news, I just got back from the Pro Life Hockey megastore. First off, this store is incredibly impressive. It’s huge, they have a lot of hockey gear in stock, from hockey equipment to memorabilia. The store is also very well lit, which might seem like an odd thing to comment on, but it really lets you get a good look of everything in the store without having to get right up close and personal, including Sheldon Souray (who was there signing autographs). I got my vintage home jersey signed (that makes Gagner, Staios, Hemsky, Gilbert, Pouliot, Souray so far) and he also gave a signed 8×10. In front of me was a cute little girl who Souray chatted it up with. In fact, he pretty much patiently chatted it up with anyone and allowed anyone to take pictures with him. I also was about to leave after getting my jersey signed when he offered the extra 8×10. I have to say, it was so much more pleasant than those West Edmonton Mall autograph sessions where they herd you through like cattle, and it was really nice actually getting in a word with Sheldon.
Lastly, I’ll just touch on the Comrie stuff. Dan Tencer’s twitter has a new update: “Comrie spoke today and confirmed talks with Oilers.” Well there you have it. The Oilers are definitely in the running here. I’m not so sure why Tambellini is so secretive about it.
Edit: One more thing to add. Looks like the Falcons could be a much better team this year, but also a much bigger, and more experience team. They recently signed a giant – 6’8 248 lb foward Riley Emmerson. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild (as if they need another monster on that team). They also will be inviting 4 veteran AHLers to their camp in Chris Armstrong (Defense), Nathan Barrett (Forward), Bryan Lundbohm (Forward) and Adam Henrich (Forward). It’s good to see more commitment this year to our farm team both by Tambellini and the Oilers, and by Springfield.