Feb 23, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss (1) warms up before the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Sharks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Free Agency: Thomas Greiss Signs With Phoenix Coyotes


The San Jose Sharks’ backup goaltender has bolted town.

Thomas Greiss has signed a one-year deal worth $750,000 with the Phoenix Coyotes, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. 

Greiss was the Sharks backup for the past three seasons. Last year, he was 1-4 with a 2.53 GAA, spelling Antti Niemi on the rare occasion. He will likely be the backup to Mike Smith in Phoenix.

Greiss’ departure was first hinted at by CSN California a few weeks ago. Kevin Kurz reported that they have been in contract negotiations to re-sign Alex Stalock, and all indications are that he will be the favorite to backup to Niemi next season.

Stalock, who has long been considered the Sharks’ top goaltending prospect, played 42 minutes last season with the Sharks and allowed two goals. He had a 17-16-4 record with a GAA of 2.60 with the Worcester Sharks, the Sharks’ AHL affiliate.

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More Sharks Notes

The Sharks are close to signing the recently acquired Tyler Kennedy, according to Kurz. 

Kennedy, a pending restricted free agent, came to the Sharks in a trade before the NHL Draft last weekend. Last season for the Penguins, the 26-year-old Kennedy scored six goals and added five assists for 11 total points in 46 games.

San Jose is also nearing a deal with veteran defenseman Scott Hannan, who was brought in before the trade deadline during the regular season. He played in just four games and did not record a point.

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