Goaltender Thomas Greiss Signs with Islanders

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Goaltender Thomas Greiss has made his decision on where he’ll be playing for the time being, signing a two year deal with the New York Islanders, worth $1.5 million per season.

In our Top 10 NHL UFA Goaltenders 2015 article, written by Senior Editor Ken Hill, here’s what you need to know about Greiss:

Greiss is yet another goalie on this list who has been a career back-up to this point in his career, yet has shown flashes of brilliance and the ability to potentially play a 1-b role.

After developing in the San Jose Sharks organization from 2007 to 2013 (and making just a small handful of NHL appearances each season), Greiss finally got an opportunity for some more ice time when he signed with the Coyotes in the summer of 2013. In 25 appearances he posted career-best numbers (10 wins, .920 SV%, 2.29 GAA) which he was able to parlay into another one-year contract last summer, with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

While his numbers regressed with the Pens, he played the back-up role behind starter Marc-Andre Fleury well, which should encourage some team to give the German a shot. Likely not to rise above the back-up role, he has the ability to provide a team with a competent secondary option in net.