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02-06-2004, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Stephen
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.
He didn't do anything after 1996? So i guess two olympic appearances, an allstar appearance, a silver medal and winning his 300th game were a dream someone had.

Even taking intangibles out, the guy won 300 freakin games, not 200, not 250, 300 games. The guy appeared in how many international tournaments? The guy won a stanley cup. You're going strictly off the NHL which isn't what the hall of fame is about, it's the HOCKEY hall of fame. that's why someone like Tretiak is in the hall despite having never played an nhl game.

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