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02-06-2004, 04:35 PM
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Laches
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Originally Posted by Edge
As for Vernon, his worth to the wins championship was not nearly as significant and you could argue that the last 6 or 7 years of his career were also nothing spectacular. heck chris osgood won a championship with detroit.
---Vernon's contributions to the Cup wins in Calgary and Detroit was every bit as significant was Richter's was to the Rangers in '94, and he has a Conn Smythe to show for it. We all love Richter, but there's no sense in trying to minimize what other guys did in order to try and build Richter up. Looking at it objectively, I think you could make a stronger case for Vernon than Richter. 385 victories to Richter's 301, more winning seasons (12 to 6), a better playoff record (77-56 to 41-33), more all-star appearances (5 to 3), a Conn Smythe and a Jennings, neither of which Richter ever won, was named a Second Team All-Star, something Richter never did. Richter's international experience helps to compensate for Vernon's superior NHL accomplishments, but we're talking about what, 30 games played, including a pretty weak showing in Nagano? I don't see a couple of successful tournaments as being equivalent to several NHL seasons.

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