The Detroit Red Wings announced they have signed Thomas Greiss to a two-year deal. Greiss had a terrific five-year tenure with the New York Islanders.
There were many rumors floating around the rumor mill yesterday afternoon. One rumor was that the New York Islanders were going to trade goaltender Semyon Varlamov and re-sign unrestricted free agent Thomas Greiss.
There were many interesting reactions to that rumor, but that rumor was completely shot down today. Greiss is no longer a free agent, as the Detroit Red Wings signed Griess to a two year deal worth a total of $7.2 million ($3.6 million AAV). That’s a $300,000 raise (per year) from the deal he had with the Isles.
Griess was a bright spot to the Islanders over the last five years. One of his biggest accomplishments came in the 2018-2019 season when he and Robin Lehner helped the Isles bring home the Jennings Trophy for the least amount of goals against.
Over his eleven-year NHL career, the 34-year-old has posted a .915 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average on his way to 137 wins in 282 games played.
He leaves the Islanders as the franchise leader in save percentage and is also top five in franchise history when it comes to appearances and wins. Not bad for a guy brought in as a backup option for starter Jaroslav Halak in 2015.
This deal should establish that the Islanders will have Semyon Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin as the top tandem in between the pipes for the upcoming season.
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We wish nothing but the best of luck to Thomas Greiss in his next stop the rebuilding Detroit Red Wings.
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