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Thomas Greiss To The Wings

10/10/2020 at 11:22am EDT

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with goaltender Thomas Greiss on a two-year contract.

Greiss, 34, has logged 11 NHL seasons since 2007-08 with the San Jose Sharks, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders, owning a career 137-90-28 record with a 2.63 goals-against average, 0.915 save percentage and 13 shutouts. The 6-foot-2, 232-pound netminder posted a winning record in all five of his seasons with the Islanders, where he played 193 of his 282 career NHL games. Greiss posted career-best numbers in 2018-19 with a 2.28 goals-against average, 0.927 save percentage and five shutouts alongside a 23-14-2 record in 43 games, earning him a share of the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest goals against alongside then-teammate Robin Lehner. In 2019-20, Greiss appeared in 31 games for New York, sporting a 16-9-4 record, 2.74 goals-against average and 0.913 save percentage. He also appeared in four games during the team’s run to the 2020 Eastern Conference Final, going 2-2 with a 2.02 goals-against average, 0.929 save percentage and one shutout, and he has a 7-8 career mark in 17 postseason games.

The Fussen, Germany, native was originally drafted by San Jose in the third round (94th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Greiss spent parts of four seasons with the Worcester Sharks in the American Hockey League between 2006-09 and in 2012-13, where he notched a 74-61-0 record with a 2.71 goals-against average, 0.904 save percentage and one shutout in 142 games. Greiss has also played parts of five seasons professionally in Europe, seeing time with the Cologne Sharks (2003-06) and Hannover Scorpions (2012-13) in Germany’s top professional league and appearing in 32 games with Brynas in the Swedish Hockey League in 2010-11. Additionally, he has made numerous appearances on the international stage for Germany as one of six German-born goaltenders in NHL history, notably helping his country earn two promotions to the top division at the 2004 and 2006 IIHF World Junior Championships and seeing time in four games during the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. He also backstopped the Germans in back-to-back IIHF World Championships in 2016 and 2017 and represented Team Europe in the 2016 World Cup, where they finished as runners-up.

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