December 01 2008 05:28PM
A call that was starting to look like it might never come was finally made today as the Edmonton Oilers promoted forward Rob Schremp from the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.
Schremp, who has been biding his time with the Falcons while the Oilers have called up Tim Sestito, Liam Reddox and defenceman Theo Peckham to fill in this season, has been summoned and will arrive Tuesday morning, according to a source close to the team.
Schremp, 22, gets the call-up because of an injury that will keep Robert Nilsson out of the line-up for Wednesday's rematch against the Dallas Stars at Rexall Place.
What's next, a winning streak?
New kid line?
Schremp, who has tallied 1-17-18 in 18 games with Springfield so far this season, will be available to dress against the Stars.
Nilsson, recently reunited with Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano on the Kid Line, was injured in a collision with Mike Ribeiro of the Stars and could be out for as long as a week.
While coach Craig MacTavish could juggle his lines, it makes sense for Schremp to play alongside Gagner and Cogliano.
If Nilsson's out that long, Schremp, who has just three NHL games on his resume since being selected 25th overall by the Oilers in 2004, could see action in as many as three games -- after the Dallas rematch, the Oilers are in Los Angeles Friday and San Jose Saturday.
While it's hardly stop-the-presses stuff, given how the Oilers have struggled to get on a consistent roll through 23 games, I can tell you without any doubt president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe and GM Steve Tambellini talked Sunday in Dallas about the possibility of shaking things up with a trade.
Again, the idea of a trade isn't a news bulletin -- Tambellini suggested last week he'd look at doing a deal before making any changes to the coaching staff -- but at least he and Lowe recognize the status quo isn't cutting it and are discussing the possibilities.
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