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Sharks sign a pair of goalies

Wednesday, 08.12.2009 / 3:10 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

NHL.com

The San Jose Sharks have re-signed goaltender Thomas Greiss to a two-year contract and signed Swedish netminder Henrik Karlsson to a one-year deal. Terms were not disclosed.

Greiss, a 23-year-old restricted free agent, appeared in 57 games for the AHL Worcester Sharks during the 2008-09 season. He went 30-24-2 with a 2.47 goals-against average, one shutout and a .907 save percentage -- setting franchise records for wins and GAA. Greiss was 6-6 in the playoffs with a 2.43 GAA, two shutouts and a .912 save percentage.

"After a tremendous season in Worcester and an outstanding playoffs, we are excited to have Thomas under contract for the next two seasons," General Manager Doug Wilson said in a statement Wednesday. "His development towards becoming an NHL goaltender has continued to progress. We were very impressed with the work ethic and dedication he has put forth and the results have shown in his play."

With no veteran reserve on the Sharks' roster following the departure of Brian Boucher, Greiss -- a third-round pick in the 2004 Entry Draft -- figures to have the first shot at backing up starter Evgeni Nabokov.

Greiss has played in three NHL games, all with San Jose in 2007-08, going 0-1-1 with a 3.26 GAA and .860 save percentage. The native of Germany also represented his country in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Karlsson, 25, spent most of last season with Malmo in Sweden's second-tier league, posting a 2.45 GAA and a .921 save percentage in 32 regular-season games. The 6-foot-6 native of Stockholm also played seven games with Sodertalje of the Swedish Elite League, compiling a 2.49 GAA and a .929 save percentage.

"We are very excited to have Henrik join our organization and look forward to his continued development," Wilson said.

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