I wanted to bring this thread back up and see what everyone thinks now. I see the the poll favors Richter, which shocked me. I honestly would choose Richter over Henrik, but I always thought I was in the minority. Interested to see if most feel the same way two years later.
Yes, the infamous, "So and so doesn't have a Cup. They suck" argument.
Henrik has played on some **** teams, that would have been racing for lottery picks rather than playoff spots without him.
This team, this year, and in the next few years, has a chance to go far. I'd really hate to see the organization waste a talent of Henrik's caliber.
I grew up watching Mike Richter play, he is my favorite Ranger of all time.
That being said...I take Lundqvist.
Richter's peak (94-97) was incredible. When the Rangers hit the skids even #35's acrobatic heroics were not enough to carry the Rangers to the post season. It killed me to watch him play on those Ranger teams. He deserved better towards the end.
Lundqvist..barring injury or some freak accident where he totally forgets how to play goal..will most likely retire as the greatest Ranger netminder of all time.
Because without Richter the Rangers would not have won the cup.
He was absolutely insane during those playoffs. Inhuman.
Alright, sorry but I have to ***** about this a bit....
A trash can could have been in net in the first 2 rounds of '94. I hope we agree on that.
Two moments stick out for me after that for Richter. Game 6 against the Devils - that game could've been far worse, but he kept it at 2-0. And game 4 against the Canucks, specifically the Bure penalty shot. And even in that series, he was largely outplayed by MacLean, especially in game 1.
So Im curious to see what your definition of "inhuman" is. In my opinion, what Lundqvist has done with largely **** teams in front of him over the years is a true goalie accomplishment.
This is a debate I have had with many of my Rangers friends, and I have to say Richter hands down. He stole so many games for us when the defense was horrible. If he had this defense core in front of him He would have won so many more games, and don't bring up the cup year, I mean shortly after that when the defense was horrible other then Leetch.
Lundqvist will put up bigger numbers but I think Richter was better. Just remember the World Cup when Ricther beat team Canada 2x in Montreal he stood on his head and won the MVP. He was something else.