Sharks Sign a Pair of Goaltenders

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

Wednesday, 08.12.2009 / 11:00 AM PT / 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
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2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
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4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
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A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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