Friday, July 5, 2013
GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Thomas Greiss (pronounced GRIGHS) to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to sign Thomas to a one-year contract,” said Maloney. “Thomas is a big, athletic and aggressive goaltender who has tremendous upside. We are excited to have him work with Sean Burke and continue his development.”
In parts of four NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Greiss has posted a 17-16-3 record with a 2.52 goals against average (GAA) and .912 save percentage (SV%).
Last season, the 27-year-old native of Straubing, Germany recorded a .915 SV% and 2.53 GAA in six games with San Jose. Greiss registered his first career NHL shutout in his first start of the season vs. Colorado on Jan. 26, making 24 saves.
In 2011-12, he set a new single-season career high in wins with nine to go with a 2.30 GAA and .915 SV% in a career-high 19 games. He also won his first career opening night start with 26 saves vs. Phoenix on Oct. 8.
Greiss was originally drafted by the Sharks in the third round (94th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.