According to a report published two days ago by the Edmonton Journal, the Philadelphia Flyers have shown interest in 23-year-old forward Rob Schremp, who could be available in a trade with the Oilers.
Schremp re-signed with Edmonton on a one-year, two-way contract which will allow him to earn $715,000 in the National Hockey League, and $70,000 in the American Hockey League.
Here is an excerpt from the Edmonton Journal article:
"Schremp could have signed for less than $715,000 to make him more marketable to somebody else—the Philadelphia Flyers have also been sniffing around, but don't have a lot of salary-cap room—but his two-way deal makes him attractive."
With the Oilers glut of forwards, Schremp has been caught up in a numbers game in which he has lost. The Syracuse native possesses an unbelievable skill set which leads to him being described as a "wizard" with the puck, and an excellent passer. Schremp saw high expectations placed on him after being drafted 25th overall by the Oilers in 2004, but his defensive struggles have kept him from cracking Edmonton's lineup.
In the past three years, Schremp has played in only seven games while recording only three assists with the Oilers. Granted he has only two pro seasons under his belt, but it's safe to say that he has been a career AHL player thus far.
Schremp's last opportunity to prove himself to the Oilers brass is most likely this year's training camp or else he'll be playing hockey somewhere outside of Alberta—possibly Springfield.
Because of his new deal, if Schremp fails to crack Edmonton's roster and gets sent to the AHL to start the season, he'll be placed on waivers. And according to the Edmonton Journal, there are strong indications that the New York Islanders will claim him.
The Flyers are still looking to find someone to plug into their lineup that can provide some kind of offense, and Schremp could be the answer. It's unlikely Philly would claim him off waivers, so any move to acquire his services would require a trade.
If the Orange and Black can pry Schremp away from the Oilers at a reasonable price—unlike the one Edmonton was asking of the Islanders of a second-round pick—they could strike gold with a player with a lot of offensive upside that hasn't yet lived up to the hype.