Rob Schremp came to the Thrashers at the February trade deadline as a waiver wire pickup from the Islanders. He had four points (three goals, one assist) in 18 games with the Thrashers. Two of his goals were game-winners, March 24 against the Islanders and April 7 against the Rangers. He missed the final game of the season with a concussion.
Schremp is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.
In the next of a series of interviews with Thrashers players following the 2010-11 season, here is some of what Schremp had to say about his time in Atlanta and his thoughts about his contract status.
Q. Overall, can you describe your season? It was a crazy one for you personally to finally end up here.
A. It was kind of a good thing to get picked up here in Atlanta and get a chance to play with this team and talent. I really liked it. I was excited about it. I think things were running out a little bit on Long Island. They had a lot of talent there and maybe they make room for the guys coming in. It was time to find somewhere to call home.
Q. It seems like to made a home here quickly with your on-ice performance, scoring some goals?
A. I felt comfortable playing in their system. It was a little bit of a change in systems as far as puck control and making plays. I feel like that fits into my game a little better. I just I could have had a full season to have the ability to build chemistry with the guys and the coaching staff.
Q. You will go into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. What are your thoughts or plans?
A. I haven’t thought about it. The season ended just the other day. I’m just going to worry about getting better now and then we will start worrying about that and talking about that. I liked my time here a lot. I really did. All the guys are great guys and a fun bunch. It was cool to meet all these guys and hopefully I can stick around and play with these guys for a long time.
Q. With your skill set, would this be a place that would translate well?
A. Absolutely. There is so much talent here. The coaching staff gives those guys the freedom to use that talent in the right way and gain their confidence and feel good about being a National Hockey League player, which is what you need. Confidence is a big thing in anything. … The coaching staff here gave you confidence and made you feel like a good player. We are. We play in the NHL. You have to have that belief in your game.
Q. You said when you got here that you wanted to play a good two-way game. Do you think you did that?
A. Yes. I think that I played a couple different positions (center and wing) and I got a chance to show I can play either spot. I think I did a pretty good job in my own zone as far as taking care of that responsibility and not cheating for offense. You kind of hang your teammates out to dry when you do that kind of stuff. I was proud of the way I played two-way hockey here. It felt good to come here. The minuses were piling up in Long Island. I was like minus-12 in five games. It was good to have the bleeding stop. I felt when I came here it was more positive.
The series concludes this week. Coming Thursday, Patrice Cormier.