The Islanders and Thomas Greiss came to terms on a three-year deal today, with terms not yet disclosed, according to a report by Arthur Staple.
Greiss has been nothing short of spectacular for the Isles since he signed as a free agent before last season. During last year’s regular season, Greiss went 23-11-4, with 41 games as a starter. He had a 2.36 GAA and a .925 save percentage.
We all know the heroics he pulled off as the Isles’ starter in the playoffs last season after Jaroslav Halak got hurt. In backstopping the Isles to their first series victory in 23 years, Greiss played 11 games had a 2.46 GAA, and a .923 save percentage.
This year, Greiss 14-7-3 with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in 25 games. His stellar play has allowed the Islanders to move on from Halak. Since becoming the number one netminder, he has gone 6-2-3 including back to back shutouts earlier this season.
With Jean-Francois Berube likely to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, it looks as if the Isles will now only have to decide who their backup is, instead of worrying about a new tandem altogether.
The Isles do have several goalies in the minors and in Europe, including Ilya Sorokin, who continues to perform incredibly well in Russia. But, he’s just 21-years old and has two more year on his KHL contract.
In addition to Sorokin, the Islanders have Linus Soderstrom, Eamon McAdam, and Stephon Williams in the prospect pipeline as well. As far as goaltending goes, the Isles look to be set for years to come.