Tag:Rob Schremp
Posted on: August 10, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 7:05 pm

Rob Schremp heads to Europe

By: Adam Gretz

Rob Schremp, perhaps best known around hockey for his trick shots in practices and shootouts throughout the minor leagues and his various NHL stops, has reportedly signed with Modo of the Swedish Elite League according to Risto Puckarinen and Newsday's Katie Strang.

His raw skill and puckhandling abilities are incredible, but it's never really translated to success at the NHL level due to other shortcomings in his game (like his play when he doesn't have the puck). He's scored 20 goals in 114 NHL games with the Oilers, Islanders and Thrashers, including a career-high 13 this past season.

He's been claimed on waivers twice in his career, and was a free agent this summer, seemingly unable to find an NHL team willing to take another shot on his offensive abilities.

If nothing else, he's fun to watch, and seems to be, for lack of a better analogy, hockey's answer to an AND1 basketball player: entertaining, but not necessarily destined to be a star in the big leagues. Still, we enjoy watching him do what he does best.

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Posted on: July 23, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 2:35 pm

Vinny Prospal signs with Columbus

By Adam Gretz

When the Columbus Blue Jackets lost Kristian Huselius for four-to-six months after an injury he suffered while lifting weights, it was pretty much assumed that general manager Scott Howson would be bringing in another forward to help replace him. On Saturday, Howson announced -- via his own Twitter feed -- that the club had signed free agent Vinny Prospal to help fill a top-six spot in the lineup.

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports it's a one-year deal worth $1.75 million (plus bonuses).

There weren't many strong forward options remaining on the free agent market, but Prospal is probably among the best of the bunch. In 29 games last season with the New York Rangers, the 36-year-old winger scored nine goals to go with 14 assists after missing the first half of the season with a knee injury. He is just one year removed from a 20-goal, 58-point effort.

He's not likely to completely replace Huselius from an offensive standpoint at this point in his career, but for one year and that cap hit it should be a solid addition to a Columbus lineup that's already seen a boost thanks to the offseason additions of Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski.

For his career, Prospal has scored 227 goals in 978 games with six different teams (Ottawa, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Tampa Bay, New York and Florida).

If you remove Teemu Selanne from the list (he's either going to play for Anaheim or retire), the free-agent forwards still available ranked by point total from last season are Sergei Samsonov, Cory Stillman, Alexei Kovalev, Rob Schremp and John Madden.

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