From the “they say it’s not a goalie controversy, but sure could be one” file — after coming on in relief of the injured Jaroslav Halak in last night’s win over Pittsburgh, all signs point to Thomas Greiss getting the nod for the Isles tonight against the Leafs.
Greiss, arguably the NHL’s top backup netminder this year, has posted terrific numbers — 18-6-3, 2.20 GAA, .930 save percentage — which has led to whispers that maybe, just maybe, he could be the Isles’ best netminder.
While Halak has solid numbers himself this year (18-13-1, .919 save percentage, 2.30 GAA), he had a fairly mediocre month of February, going 4-4-0 with a .905 save percentage.
Greiss, meanwhile, went 3-1-1 with a .945.
As we’ve said repeatedly in this column, Greiss was a fantastic signing from GM Garth Snow and has provided incredible value, given he’s on a two-year, $3 million deal with a $1.5M average annual cap hit.
Looking ahead, one has to wonder if Greiss will shift from being one of the best value backups in the NHL, to one of the best value starters.
For Toronto, Garret Sparks is in goal.