Former New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss has garnered interest from the Edmonton Oilers in free agency today.
Thomas Greiss has yet to sign a deal today, and as expected it most likely won’t be with the New York Islanders. With both Semyon Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin under contract for 2020-2021 for a combined $7 million against the cap the writing was on the wall.
Edmonton is in need of a goalie after running with Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen in 2019-2020. If the Oilers are looking for a 1B situation with Mikko Koskinen, Greiss is the perfect goalie for that spot.
Over a five year stint with the Isles, Greiss was 101-60-17 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.70 goals against average. After a tough 2017-2018 he responded nicely with a .920 save percentage over his last 74 games played in the NHL.
Right now, the thought is that the asking price for Greiss is a little high for Edmonton. On his last deal, Greiss’ AAV was 3.33 million if he’s able to get that again is up in the air. The goalie market his hard to predict as is, and with Edmonton, it won’t be for a definite starting role.
Did you know Greiss is fifth all-time in games played for Islanders goalies? Yes, only Billy Smith, Rick DiPietro, Chico Resch, and Kelly Hrudey have more games in net for the Islanders than Greiss.
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Thomas Greiss has to be one of the most underrated Islanders of all-time. I feel like he’s not going to be someone who is appreciated until long after he is gone, which is sad. Best of luck to Thomas Greiss on the UFA market, and we’ll keep you updated on this story.