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12-20-2012, 01:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Farkas View Post
Also, regarding the USA thing. Barrasso, for the '96 World Cup and the '98 Olympics, was coming off season-costing injuries. And even with that, I still don't recall it being universal that Richter would be in there over Barrasso. I think it was a last minute decision because Richter was no prize pig himself and that's with the '96 World Cup performance still fresh in the USA's mind. They probably in all good conscious couldn't say no to Richter after that. Beezer had been better more recently than Barrasso when these teams were selected. Beezer was all-star caliber on an expansion team, Barrasso was injured on a team that showed very little substance behind a glossy surface...
We also know that Barrasso was playing injured in the 1991 Stanley Cup finals, which should explain why he was left off of the 91' Canada Cup roster that took place in the summer.

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