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Thomas Greiss' Impact With The Wings

10/11/2020 at 5:28pm EDT

via NHL.com,

...we asked seven NHL.com writers which goalie signing will have the most impact on the 2020-21 season. Here are their thoughts:

Thomas Greiss, Detroit Red Wings

The default answer to this roundtable should be Khudobin, but since he didn't change teams, I'm going to go with Greiss. You can argue that there are flaws in just about every goalie who has changed teams, from evidence of decline or inconsistency in their game, but in my opinion, the two who rise slightly above the field are Markstrom and Greiss. The Red Wings were the team that needed an upgrade at goalie the most after allowing a League-worst 265 goals last season (.894 save percentage as a team), so this was a much-needed signing. Greiss was 16-9-4 with a 2.74 GAA and a .913 save percentage in 31 games (29 starts) with the New York Islanders last season, and 2-2 with a 2.02 GAA and .929 save percentage in four playoff games (three starts). The work Greiss put in during his five seasons with the Islanders was above average, and his .915 career save percentage says that although he may not solve all the issues for the Red Wings, he will improve the situation at goalie. -- Tim Campbell, staff writer

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