Thomas Greiss leaves the New York Islanders after five years with the organization. Here are his three best performances with the Islanders.
After five years with the New York Islanders, goalie Thomas Greiss is departing the organization after signing a two-year $7.2 million deal ($3.6 million AAV) with the Detroit Red Wings. The German goalie, who was brought in to be a backup for Jaroslav Halak became much more than that in his time with the Islanders organization.
Signing a two-year $3 million deal ($1.5 million AAV) on July 1, 2015, Greiss was brought in to be a serviceable backup option between the pipes. With a 36-30-11 record and an average 2.47GAA and 0.913SV% before signing with the Isles, then GM Garth Snow was confident Greiss could stop a few pucks when Halak needed a break.
When Halak went down with a season-ending injury in March of 2016, Greiss became the Isles starter through the rest of the regular season and into the postseason. With Greiss in nets and stealing a few games, the Isles won their first playoff series in 23 years.
That was what Thomas Greiss was able to do through five years with the Isles. Steal games. His steady and calm presence kept the Islanders in games they had no business winning through his entire tenure with the Isles.
There are a number of games that Thomas Greiss stole for the Isles, but I wanted to bring up three in particular. Three games where Thomas Greiss powered the Islanders to victory.
With Semyon Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin under contract already it was clear that Greiss was likely on the way out as a UFA. I want to wish him the best of luck with Detroit (except when we eventually play them).