Mike Richter

It is a matter where Richter will play in the upcoming season, but like Stan Fischler said, free agency is all about money.It is GM Glen Sather’s number one priority to now sign Mike Richter. However, the salary Richter is asking for is way beyond my knowledge and I highly doubt if any one of us actually knows how much he will sign for.

Curtis Joseph signed a big contract. Eddie Belfour signed an unexpected contract. What kind of contract will Mike Richter sign now? And, why didn’t the Leafs sign Richter?Forget about the Flyers $8 million dollar offer for two seasons. Whether that is true or not true, Richter would turn that down. Glen Sather talked to Richter many months ago and Mike Richter did tell Sather that he wanted to see how the free agency market would go. It went that Mike Richter only has one main destination to go to, the New York Rangers.

The Red Wings got their goalie, the Leafs got their goalie, the Bruins got their goalie in Steve Shields, the Flyers want to keep their locker room headache goalie, and who else could be interested in Richter? The St. Louis Blues could make an offer, but they won’t pay Richter much.

How much will Richter want though, and for how long? The media has not discovered anything about Mike Richter’s requests. If Eddie Belfour signed for $6.5 million dollars a season at age 37, then how much does Mike Richter really want? Most of us were sure that Belfour would be signed for about $4.5 a season. The Rangers already spent about $70 million dollars for two players.

This is where Glen Sather has the advantage though. If Mike Richter is seeking a $6 million dollar offer per season (same as his last contract), then Sather can play hardball and force Richter to take a pay cut. No other team will offer Richter $6 million dollars per season. It is Richter who should worry more than Glen Sather. Richter only has one team that can offer him $5 million dollars per season, or $5.5 million per season. And that team are the New York Rangers.

Expect the media to announce Richter’s re-signing with the Rangers, or Richter leaving the Rangers this week. In this case, Richter shouldn’t take any chances remaining unemployed and still looking for someone to pay him $6 million dollars per season. Richter should reason as well. There are no competitors out there for Mike Richter, he should figure that out. The only team that will welcome him the most, cheer for him the most, and retire his jersey are the New York Rangers. There is no reason for Richter to leave. If Richter asks more than what Dafoe is asking for, then Sather will sign Dafoe. Now, you’d also start thinking if there are no competitors to sign Richter, are there any competitors to sign Dafoe? Yes, and this team might actually give a shot at Mike Richter; the Chicago Blackhawks. Mike Richter would consider their offer only if the ‘Hawks sign big name free agents. But, since the ‘Hawks failed to re-sign Amonte, whose agent is the same as Richter’s, then I doubt Richter would actually sign with them. Also, Sather would land a goalie via trade if he has to. Jeff Hackett was mentioned many times before. Though he started this past season extremely well, he is injury prone and not as good as Richter. But, Hackett is said to be a great pro for young goalies to learn from.

I really expect Richter to be back as a Ranger. He has no place else to go. Richter should see that the Rangers made the changes, he should see the acquisition of Kasparaitis as way to help him up front, and he should also see the acquisition of Bobby Holik as a big step to the Rangers success. Mike Richter belongs in the city of New York. He should finish his career as a New York Ranger. If he re-signs, he will improve the Rangers chances of making the playoffs by a lot, he will prove his loyalty to the Rangers, and he will make Glen Sather look like the best General Manager for this off-season.

Richter could be debating the length of his contract. He is a die hard player and he will not feel comfortable hanging up his skates. If Richter sins for two seasons, that would be beautiful. If Richter signs for three, that would also be great, but Richter fans, especially big fans, should hope that Blackburn won’t steal Richter’s starting job on the third year.

I say Richter will sign a two year deal worth $10 million dollars. If he signs for three years, then it will be a $14 million dollar deal.

Thank you and have a great 4th of July for U.S citizens (and God I strongly pray it will be a safe one)

Micki Peroni

21 Responses to Mike Richter

  1. Bigman says:

    Why are americans suddeny sooooooo important Micki Pepperoni huh1 those sucker 1st losers at the olympics happy 4th of july who gives a $#!* no im playing with you good article

  2. Canucks1stCup says:

    well for NYRs sake i hope Richter returns…there arent a whole lot of places he would go…St Louis…possibly Phoenix (if they unload Burke) and a long shot..Atlanta.

    Sather says he plans to sign him…hopefully it works out.

    PS: hey micki, i never knew you and Alex (from TP) were good friends! small world…

  3. Chandlerisback says:

    Sean Burke would be a wiser choice.

    Phoenix would deal him for a prospect or two.

    Burke is great and would be a safer goalie than knee richter.

    I think July 4 will b safe.

    I dont live in north america but hear fbi and such are taking every precaution.

  4. Stanajax says:

    Hmmm, Hackett injury prone???? And what about Richter????

    Richter, better than Hackett???? I wouldn’t bet too much on this….

    However, if you want Hackett, it might not cost you very much (a 2nd round pick???), but only if Savard and Théodore reach an agreement on a new conttract before….

  5. wayne2 says:

    Richter is better than Hackett.He was and his a very solid goaltender,slowing down but that comes for most people with age.Good fit for:Atlanta,St-Louis or Boston(Shields is not a proven number 1 goalie)

  6. big_booty says:

    “Expect the media to announce Richter’s re-signing with the Rangers, or Richter leaving the Rangers this week.”

    Thank you, Captain Obvious.

    Any other predictions or tidbits of wisdom you want to pass along to us?

  7. Sands says:

    Mike Richter, should be signed, just as they should have done before July 1st, for a cheaper price.

    Most Ranger fan’s really wanted Richter back in net. The thought of CoJo coming to Broadway was nice but….Could anyone really see Richter retiring any place else?

    Richter may be one of the most hard working Goalies ever. He not only proved his loyalty to the Rangers a 10,000,000 times, but has been screwed with, by the Rangers a 10,000,000 times.

    With Richter being the best free agent Goalie left to compete in the playoff’s it would be a bad move for the Rangers to get anyone else like Dafoe who has not proven himself in the playoff’s yet.

    I personally hope Richter screws with the Rangers this time around. I predict that if Richter is signed by another top team, He will bring them not only into the playoff’s, but to the Finals.

    While Reports have been made that Sather is saying he has wanted to sign Richter all along.

    Richter Come home

  8. leafs123212000 says:

    I don’t think it’s too fair to say who is the best GM of the offseason. Rangers just have the most money.

  9. Sands says:

    But Why whould you want CoJo or Hackett, when BlackBurn will be ready in 2-3 years? sign Richter for 3 years….. and then LetblackBurn Take over, BlackBurn is only 18, 3 more years he’s 21. That’s not taking any time away from him. He will still have almost 20 years left.

    Richter has to be signed and like…. Now. I think we need one more Defense men. No one big someone like, Scott Lachance, or Igor Kravchuk, or even Gary Suter. One of them. Trade Nedved for a good LW to play with Holik. Or Trade Nedved for a first round pick, and sign Fleury for 3.5 the first year and if he’s good, an option for a 2nd worth 5.5 or something like that. We cannot, And I mean Not have Nedved playing on Holik’s side.

  10. bcuffari says:

    It’s sad to see Cujo leave a city he obviously loved playing for just for money. Actually, he probably did it for the sake of winning a Cup, but his chances weren’t bad in Toronto.

    Just for the record, Cechmanek won’t create turmoil in the lockerroom.


  11. mikster says:

    Yeah but would St.Louis offer Richter $5.5 million a season? They haven’t even upgraded their roster yet. The Coyotes do not have the money to sign Richter, and they do not need Richter. They have Boucher and Burke. If anything they will try to get Fleury.

    These teams are not in need of a pro goalie. Rangers are the only team that have a 19 year old goalie as their starter as of now.

    It is a small world 🙂


  12. mikster says:

    ….what a loser. Still upset or you just have an asshole’s attitude?

  13. mikster says:

    Yeah but Boston needs Selanne first. Goaltending is not their number on epriority right now, same with the Blues, and Richter to Atlanta? I doubt they’d have the money.

  14. mikster says:

    It doesn’t matter how much money you spend. What matters is how a GM adresses the team’s needs. Look at the Rangers the past two off-seasons. They only signed three average defensemen in the UFA market. Sather had money to spend last summer but he only got Karpa and Ulanov. He mostly signed young players for the AHL team.

    This was his first big off-season. I forgot who got the best grade last year, maybe Ken Holland or someone else. Savard could be one of the best GMs this offseason if he gets Selanne. If he does get Selanne, i think Savard is top three in my mind of this year’s off-season.

    And remember this, off-season does not only involve UFA players, it also involves trades.

  15. mikster says:

    Hackett is a really good teacher to young goalies and he would definitely make Blackburn feel confident. Blackburn is now 19! Can you believe we basically drafted at age 17?

    I think the Rangers should give a chance at Purinton. He played well at the end of last season and he finally understood the game. We don’t need more free agents,i want to see our players on the Rangers as well.

  16. mikster says:

    Brian! What’s up? I hope to see you here more often this summer.

    You always protected Cechmanek. He has a bad attitude in the locker room though.

  17. bcuffari says:

    Ya, my computer was screwed up for a long time, I just bought myself a brand new one. I am now a proud Mac user (will never touch a PC again).

    People are misunderstanding what Cechmanek was doing a little bit. I mean, it wasn’t right to do what he did in public, but what he was doing was simply challenging his teammates. I mean, how would you feel if you were playing your ass off, like he did in the play-offs, and the team in front of you was falling apart and playing like complete shit. It was just a challenge out of frustration. It’s not like he goes around making negative comments about the team. It was just a one time thing, and I betcha we won’t ever see distractions caused by Cechmanek anymore.

    Atleast we can throw away the accusations of him choking in the play-offs, cause we all know he didn’t;D

    Good to be back


  18. nskerr says:

    I would be shocked if Richter signed anywhere other than with the New York Rangers. He wants to resign in NY, and the only reason the Rangers didn’t sign him earlier was that he wanted a lot of money. Now that the Rangers options are limited to Richter or a trade for Burke, there is no reason to give up on players when they can have Richter for $$$.

  19. mikster says:

    I was thinking of getting an Mac too, but i am happy with the Dell (Thanks Steve!)

    We’ll see what Cechmanek will do. I still say he is overrated. His best skill is his size.

    It’s good to have you back, HTR missed you.

  20. big_booty says:

    NEW JERSEY (AP): Micki Peroni has called a news conference to announce that he is flipping a coin. He confidently predicts that it will either land heads or tails. Details will follow as soon as his exercise in futility is complete.

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