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San Jose’s Greiss signs in German league

Nov 19, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

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Thomas Greiss

Another locked-out Shark has found work overseas — this time it’s netminder Thomas Greiss, who inked a deal with the Hannover Scorpions of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Greiss, 26, won the backup gig in San Jose last year by edging out veteran Antero Niittymaki.

The German-born keeper spent the season behind Antti Niemi and appeared in a career-high 19 games, posting a 9-7-1 record with a 2.30 GAA and .915 save percentage.

With Hannover, Greiss will play alongside ex-NHLers Chris Herperger, Sascha Goc and Denis Shvidki.

As mentioned above, the Sharks have seen a number of players sign with different teams recently. Last week, forward Michal Handzus moved to the Slovak Extraliga and the week prior, Ryane Clowe latched on with the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls.

Those were just the latest in a steady stream of Sharks getting gigs during the work stoppage.

Goaltender Antti Niemi is currently with Pelicans in Finland, defensemen Douglas Murray and Jason Demers are in Sweden and Finland while forwards Joe Pavelski (KHL), Tommy Wingels (Finland), T.J. Galiardi (Germany), Logan Couture (Switzerland) and Joe Thornton (Switzerland) have also found work.

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