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02-23-2013, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Chardo View Post
In fact, he was clearly the fourth best goalie in NY/NJ, behind Brodeur, Lundquist, and Ryan Miller. His status as an Olympian had more to do with lack of other great US goalies.
This is nonsense. Two of those three (Lundqvist and Miller) were only in their second full seasons in the NHL at the time Rick signed that contract. Brodeur was likely the best goaltender in the world, and still in his prime.

Then you look at their respective numbers in 06-07.... and you will see they were all pretty close, performance wise.

Lundqvist: $6.875M
Miller: $6.25M
Brodeur: $5M (at the tail end of career)

We can use hindsight and say it wa a bad contract (and it was), but in reality, those injuries could have happened to any one of these guys making them as useless as Ricky is right now. On the other hand, had one of these guys gotten the same contract Rick got, it would be looking like a steal, wouldn't it?

It's all about perspective.

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