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Pens sign goalie Greiss — can he push Fleury?

Jul 1, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goalie Thomas Greiss to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Greiss is not a big-name goaltender, but he’s put up impressive numbers in limited appearances as an NHL back-up. The 28-year-old has a career save percentage of .915 in 69 appearances with San Jose and Phoenix, and he went 10-8-5 with a .920 save percentage last year with the Coyotes.

Which, of course, brings us to Marc-Andre Fleury, the much-maligned 29-year-old who has one year remaining on his own contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent.

Barring a trade, Fleury will likely go into the season as Pittsburgh’s No. 1; however, it’s worth noting that he’s lost his starter’s job before, to Tomas Vokoun in the 2013 postseason. Not to mention, the Penguins have a new coach in Mike Johnston, and there is a significant level of ownership dissatisfaction with how the team has performed in the playoffs since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.

At the very least, if it’s a duo of Fleury and Greiss, the latter should push the former.

  1. milkmemalkin - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Greiss is the future no doubt, he will undoubtedly be a Vezina contender one day. .920 save percentage is not bad at all and he is getting better with every passing day.

  2. stevebass2 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    As a coyotes fan who watched him crap out over the last 10 days of last season (when we needed him to perform the most), let me answer that question for you: No.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Not at all. Was so happy when the Sharks let him go. He’s a bust.

  4. blynasty - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    He will have the better chance of being resigned next year over Fleury barring say a Stanely Cup or somebtkng along those lines.

  5. adamdep211rukus211 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Rutherford is high as hell. Lost both Malkins linemates and hasn’t produced even one. We also haven’t acquired anyone as good as anyone we have lost. Rutherford = FAIL

  6. pepper2011 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    No. Now they have 2 crappy goalies.

    • 6superbowls - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      Says another Bruin troll riding on his high horse. You should worry more about your aging team.

      • pepper2011 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        Bergeron 28
        Krejci 28
        Hamilton 21
        Ericsson 28
        Krug 23
        Lucic 26
        Smith 22
        Marchand 26
        Rask 27
        Soderberg 28
        In fact chara, paille, Campbell and seidenberg and Kelly are the only guys over 30, and only chara and Kelly are above 32. They are actually very young, but yeah.

  7. killerpgh - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I actually like the move. Zakoff was signed for $600,000 and can be sent down without counting anything against the NHL cap. Zakoff looked decent last year, but was never going to be a starter. I feel more comfortable with Greiss backing up and taking over if MAF gets injured. And its only an upgrade of cap hit of only $400,000. Jarry, Murray, and probably Hartzell all have higher upside then Zakoff, imo.

  8. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Should have gotten Riemer from TOR….. Atleast he has proven he can play in the playoffs.

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