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02-06-2004, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by #37-#93-#27
I'm sure when people say best "american" goaltender they look at his international stats, which is what they should. Put Richter on the late 80-early 90 Pens and he'd have 2 cups. It's not like he wouldn't. There is not one team where you can say if Richter was in net for them, they wouldn't have won the cup that year.
The Rangers were heavy favorites that year with a stacked team of ex-Oilers. Mike Richter was a big part of it, but one great season and a World Cup doesn't make you a Hall of Famer. He's done absolutely nothing in the NHL worth notice since 1997, and he's had more losing seasons than winning seasons in the NHL. I don't care if he could have done more in Barrasso's place in the early 90's. He didn't. This isn't about what ifs and blaming poor defensive teams. This is about tangible hockey accomplishments, and simply, Richter didn't do enough to merit Hall consideration. Would you put Bill Ranford in the Hall? Conn Smythe winner in 1990, backstopped Canada to some great international success, played on some piss porr teams, didn't do much of anything after 1996.

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