Oilers tie up Schremp for three years

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:50 PM ET

Robbie Schremp didn't get the roster spot he wanted to start the NHL season with the Edmonton Oilers, but he did get a three-year contract yesterday that will ensure he'll arrive for training camp in 2006 signed, sealed and delivered.

The Oilers yesterday inked the 19-year-old London Knight's star, who was returned to the OHL Monday, to a pact worth $2.575 million, which includes a signing bonus of $700,000 over the term.

"He had a good training camp and we wanted to get it out of the way," said Oilers assistant GM Scott Howson, who completed the deal with agent Scott Norton yesterday morning. "We wanted to sign Robbie early and avoid the deadline, and now we've done that."

The Oilers would have had to sign Schremp, the team's 25th selection in the 2004 Entry Draft, before June 1 to retain his rights. The signing won't have an affect on Schremp's contract status - he won't burn a season of eligibility unless he's recalled for emergency purposes and plays 10 games.

"It means nothing for this year as far the NHL goes," Howson said. "Now, he can just focus on hockey."

In terms of salary, the deal is worth $600,000 the first year, $625,000 the second and $650,000 the third, With the bonus spread over the term, the pact averages out to just under $860,000 per season.

SURGERY FOR HUNTER: Forward J.J. Hunter will undergo surgery to repair his troublesome right shoulder and will be out of action at least three months.

"It'll be good to get it fixed and not have to worry about it coming out again," Hunter said yesterday. "I'm hoping I won't be out too long."

Hunter, 25, who dislocated the shoulder against Dallas Sept. 20, will go under the knife after consulting with the Oilers medical staff and will have the surgery in Edmonton. Hunter dislocated the same shoulder twice last season while playing with the Road Runners in the AHL.

Head medical trainer Ken Lowe said the intention is to use an arthroscope to repair the damage, including a torn labrum, which should minimize the recovery time required.


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