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January 30th, 2017

Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders Agree To Extension

Nick Santangelo @n__santangelo
Thomas Greiss

Thomas Greiss (Photo Credit: Steven Ryan)

The New York Islanders announced Monday they have signed goaltender Thomas Greiss to a three year extension. The details of the extension have not been announced yet.

From the teams official website:

The New York Islanders announced today that goaltender Thomas Greiss has agreed to terms on a three-year contract.

Greiss, 31, has a 14-7-3 record with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage this season. His save percentage ranks fifth in the National Hockey League amongst goaltenders who’ve played at least 10 games.

Greiss is in his second season with the Islanders, and has become the clear number one goalie for the team this season. Despite being signed to be the backup to Jaroslav Halak, Greiss started 41 games in the regular season due to Halak being sidelined, and then started 11 playoff games. Greiss went 5-6 in 11 playoff starts, but posted an impressive 2.46 goals against average and helped the islanders win their first playoff series since 1993.

Despite the solid playoff performance, Greiss and Halak split time as the starting goaltenders at the start of the season, but with Halak’s struggles in net, Greiss slowly moved up into the starting role. Greiss’ solid season led to Halak being waived by the Islanders.

Greiss has been a major part of the Islanders rise from the bottom of the Eastern Conference this season. Since the teams coaching change from Jack Capuano to Doug Weight, the team has gone 5-0-1, with Greiss going 4-0-1 in those games.

Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the third round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the 31 year old spent 7 seasons in the Sharks organization, bouncing back and forth between the NHL and AHL. Greiss joined the Arizona Coyotes for the 2013-14 season, starting 25 games and sporting a very good 2.29 goals against average. He would move onto the Pittsburgh Penguins the next season, starting 20 games while backing up Marc Andre Fluery, before joining the Islanders last season.

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