The 37-year-old was available on the National League free agent market this summer. However, the steps did not lead to satisfactory results in his eyes. The 37-year-old German played with the St. Louis Blues last season, playing 21 games for the team that was ruled out of the playoffs.
“There was a possibility [to play next year, but I looked at the offers and there was nothing that appealed to me,” Greiss admitted to NHL.com. Thus, I am ready to make the decision and consider new paths for my life. Our work leaves us a lot of freedom, except that I can now face different challenges.”
Winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy with Robin Lehner with the New York Islanders in 2018-19, the San Jose Sharks’ third-round pick in the 2004 draft is the first German-born goaltender to total at least 100 career encounters. He had 162 wins and 16 shutouts. In addition, Greiss represented his country twice at the Olympic Games (in 2006 and 2010), in addition to donning the uniform of Europe at the 2016 World Cup.
“You often ask athletes about the Olympics. It’s one of my biggest accomplishments and I’ve been there twice. It’s special, he said. There was the World Cup, a great event organized by the league and the Players Association. I was happy to be there and it’s not just because of our second place.