Goalie Debate

Over the past few months a lot of writers have been saying that the Rangers don’t have what it takes to get to the next step because they don’t have a true number one Goalie. Mikster strongly disagrees with this? Who is right?

According to the “Waymoresports” annual forcaster Richter is rated as the 14 goalie in the league. Still in the upper half of goaltenders in the league but is this being to harsh on a goalie that took his team to the gold medal match at the olympics, who clearly stole some games for the Rangers last year?

My thoughts on this are, reporters get boared in the summer, they try to read scandel into everything. The fact that Richter was signed for less, and actually was allowed to become a UFA made reporters feel he was less valuble, over the hill, a lost cause even. But is that so? I don’t think that is what Glen Sather was trying to say. I think he was making a smart move as a GM. If you can keep a goalie of his calabre on your team and pay him much less then the Josephs and Belfours of the league you are very smart. Back to the forcaster, they rated the goalies in the following order.

1) Theodore

2) Roy

3) Brodeur

4) Burke

5) Khabibulin

6) Salo

7) Joseph

8) Nabakov

9) Turek

10) Luongo

11) Johnson

12) Lalime

13) Irbe

14) Richter

15) Belfour

Now I don’t like the Rangers, never have, but I have to side with Mikster on this point, I think Richter is still an elite goalie, he just does not have the defence around him. As for the forcaster, I could easily see Richter in the top ten, I would take Richter for this up coming season over the likes of Turek, Johnson, Salo Irbe, and Lalime at least. So let the great debate begin, does this list surprise you? Who is notibly missing, who should be missing but isnt? And finally, do you truly think Richter is a 14th rank goalie or higher?

63 Responses to Goalie Debate

  1. beefer says:

    You are really starting to get me to believe. Please stop before I get my hopes up too high. Much like I have done for the last 5 seasons. I only hope you are right.

  2. titans says:

    Don’t worry they’re still the Rangers they’ll find a way to miss the playoffs.

  3. devilfan says:

    When a goalie is on a bad team like Luongo is, theres no pressure on him, if he is on a team that is a cup contender, and he only faces 20 shots but he cant afford to let in a goal, can he be successful. Untill he proves in pressure situations he can win, you cant put him in front of Roy or Brodeur. Forget what team he is on.

  4. devilfan says:

    1 good year and you have theodore ahead of constants like Broduer Burke Nabokov and Joseph. Eventually he might get there, but putting him at No. 2 isnt exactly fair to do.

  5. adambuffalo says:

    first of all, how many good seasons did theodore have. is really proven as the #1 goalie?

    next off hasek was the best goalie ever to play the game. i know all you roy fans have a different opinion, but there’s something you have to remember. when was the last time roy played on a bad team? hasek never played on a team as good as what roy played on. if you take roy out of the picture and replaced him on all the teams he played for with just about any goalie in the nhl, that goalie would be the best ever, right?

    lastly, i do like the rangers even though i am a sabres fan. i definetly like mike richter. he is a very dependable goalie (most of the time), especially in big games. the rangers just change their roster too often to get any continuity. if they would just keep a roster that is pretty much the same for 2 or 3 years they would be the detroit or colorado of the east. thats all i got for now.

  6. adambuffalo says:

    one more thing. look for biron to put up big numbers this year. between him and norenen buffalo will have the best goalie ratings this year. MARK MY WORDS!

  7. adambuffalo says:

    correct me if i am wrong, but i think the “little mossolini” is a racist remark. is that one strike? i’m not italian nor am i offended, but we should make this clear across the board.

  8. mxianieri says:

    Richter definitely belongs in the top 10, probably in 6-8 range. The list is pretty bad for a forecast. It looks more like a review of last year. Salo and Turek don’t belong in the top 10 and Lalime and Belfour shouldn’t be in the top 15. Burke and Khabibulin need to be lower and Nabakov needs to be higher. Turco and Cechmanek need to be on the list.

    Here’s my totally arbitrary and subjective list:

    1) Roy

    2) Brodeur

    3) Nabakov

    4) Theodore

    5) Joseph

    6) Richter

    7) Khabibulin

    8) Luongo

    9) Kolzig

    10) Johnson

    11) Salo

    12) Cechmanek

    13) Turco

    14) Biron

    15) Giguere

  9. Habfan1234 says:

    The same argument can said of Nabokov (he only had two good years). Theo did have a good year two seasons ago but he was playing in a market that got little attention around the league.

  10. ManillaKilla says:

    Must be worried about strikes.

  11. titans says:

    Well since Peroni’s only half a man shouldn’t it be half a strike?

    Me and Peroni have an “understanding” I abuse him, he keeps coming back for more outa some weird hero worship thing.

  12. Glen says:

    How many goals per game did his team score for him during those games?? Roman stood on his head in both series except for one game, which was the final game against the Sabres two years ago. They scored two goals in five games this year. How the hell is a goalie supposed to win a series with that kind of help??? Look at his numbers and wake up.

  13. NJD4Life says:

    ur a moron, Brodeur didn’t stand up wtf do you call a 38 win season, and a gold medal you dumb shit.

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