Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Isles Extend Greiss for Three Years

The New York Islanders handed goaltender Thomas Greiss a three-year extension on Tuesday.

According to Newsday's Arthur Staple, the 31-year-old German signed a three-year, $10 million extension. Originally signed as a backup to Jaroslav Halak, Greiss guided the Islanders to their first post-season series victory in 23 years after Halak was injured last March.

"It's awesome. It's just gratifying," said Greiss, according to NHL.com. "It just feels good. I'm just happy. Now the work starts and we've got to get the ball rolling here."

Greiss has gone 14-7-3 with a 2.25 goals-against average and is fifth in the League with a .928 save percentage. He's probably the biggest reason the Islanders are still in the playoff picture. Per Puckalytics, the New York Islanders are giving up 62.30 Corsi events per game at even strength, good for last in the NHL this season.

Greiss started the year as part of a trio, along with Halak and J.F. Berube, but relations between the Islanders and Halak became strained when Halak's agent complained about the Islanders employment of a three goalie system. To be fair, he had a point. But that doesn't change the fact that Greiss has been as good or better than Halak, who is currently toiling in the minors.

Halak has gone 6-1-2 in Bridgeport in nine starts, with a GAA of 2.03.

New York will likely look to move him at the deadline or buy him out at some point.

Meanwhile, it's Greiss' net in New York. The Islanders will face the Capitals in Brooklyn tonight.

“It’s the most success I’ve ever had playing hockey, so it’s been fun,” Greiss told Newsday after signing his deal. “It’s a great organization; we have great guys on the team. That makes you more comfortable on the ice, too.”