The New York Islanders entered free agency needing a backup goalie, and they acquired arguably the best one available. Virtually as soon as the clock struck for the opening of the signing period, the signing of former Sharks, Coyotes and Penguins goalie Thomas Greiss to a two-year, $3 million deal was reported by Newsday's Arthur Staple.
#Isles sign Thomas Greiss to 2-year, $3 million deal. New backup G to Jaro Halak. Was with Penguins last season.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) July 1, 2015
Here is Staple's story at Newsday.
Greiss was most recently with the Penguins, where he had an off year with just a .908 save percentage in 20 games played. That was below his career norm in San Jose and Phoenix, and at age 29 he should still be a strong backup and partner to starter Jaroslav Halak.
As a bonus, he was stolen from a rival:
Excellent! We have strengthened G and weakened a rival. Well done Garth!— Keith Quinn (@KeithLHHockey) July 1, 2015
That said, goalies are voodoo. Projecting goalies is voodoo. Good luck and godspeed to the latest entrant to the Islanders crease.