Good morning New York Rangers fans and happy game day! Today the Rangers take on the San Jose Sharks but before they do that we have another edition of the daily poll! Last night I found myself thinking deeply about this question, is Henrik Lundqvist a better goalie then Mike Richter? Being only 19 years old, my memory of Richter is foggy at best, so I’ve come to you for the answer to my question.
We all know Mike Richter, he spent 13 seasons with the Rangers and was part of the 1993-1994 team that won the Stanley Cup. However, is the Stanley Cup more of a team effort? Can the cup truly be the one thing that gives Richter the edge over Lundqvist? In his 13 seasons with the Rangers Mike Richter had only one season that he ended up with a save percentage above .915. To compare, in Lundqvist’s eight seasons with the Rangers so far, he has had only one season that he ended up with a save percentage under .915. Richter had four seasons that ended where his goals against average was above a 3.00. Again in comparison Lundqvist has never had a season with a GAA above 3.00, in fact Lundqvist’s GAA for this season is currently 2.50, and that’s the highest it’s ever been with the Rangers and as we all know Lundqvist is having an off year. Lundqvist is considered by many, even in an off year to be the best goaltender in the league, a title that never found it’s way to Mike Richter. All of this being said, does the Stanley Cup give Richter the ultimate reign?
Well there it is Ranger fans, let us know what you think! Is Henrik Lundqvist a better goaltender than Mike Richter was? Vote in the poll below!