Sharks Sign a Pair of Goaltenders

San Jose Re-Signs Thomas Greiss, Adds Henrik Karlsson to the Organization

Wednesday, 08.12.2009 / 2:00 PM / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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Sharks Sign a Pair of Goaltenders

SHARKS RE-SIGN GOALTENDER THOMAS GREISS

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced Wednesday that the team has re-signed Group II restricted free agent goaltender Thomas Greiss to a two-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Greiss, 23, appeared in 57 games for the Worcester Sharks (AHL) during the 2008-09 regular season. He posted club records for wins (30-24-2 record) and goals-against average (2.47) along with a .907 save percentage and one shutout. He also set a Worcester franchise record making 16 straight starts (1.90 goals-against average).

“After a tremendous season in Worcester and an outstanding playoffs, we are excited to have Thomas under contract for the next two seasons,” said Wilson. “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.”

He helped Worcester advance to the AHL Atlantic Division Finals, posting a 6-6 record, a 2.43 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He also had two shutouts, tied-for-second most in the AHL Playoffs.

Greiss has played in three NHL games with San Jose, all in 2007-08, posting a 0-1-1 record with a 3.26 goals-against average and a .860 save percentage.

Greiss is a veteran of International play as well, representing Germany at several tournaments, including the 2006 Winter Olympics where he was the youngest participant in the tournament. He also helped backstop Team Germany at the 2003-04 U-18 World Junior Championships B-pool tournament, which earned the team a berth in the U-18 World Junior Championships A tournament, and the 2004-05 U-20 World Championships.

The six-foot-one, 210-pound goaltender was selected by the Sharks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 94th overall).

SHARKS SIGN FREE AGENT GOALTENDER HENRIK KARLSSON

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced Wednesday that the team has signed Group III unrestricted free agent goaltender Henrik Karlsson to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Karlsson, 25, spent most of last season in Malmo of Allsvenskan in Sweden, where he posted a 2.45 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 32 games. In eight playoff games, he notched a 1.99 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. Additionally, in seven games with Sodertalje of the Swedish Elite League, he had a 2.49 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.

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

The six-foot-six, 215-pound netminder is a native of Stockholm, Sweden.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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