Richter stays put!

His improbable journey from New York to Edmonton and back to New York is now complete. is reporting that Mike Richter has re-signed with the New York Rangers. The new deal is for 2 years at $8 million total.

The Rangers had traded his rights to the Edmonton Oilers just before the start of the free-agency period. The Oilers will receive a compensatory draft pick in next season’s draft.

Richter was 24-26-2 with 2 shutouts and a 2.95 GAA in 2001-2002 before his season ended due to a skull fracture.

It was thought that Richter may go to any one of 5 teams, including a return to the Rangers. But with the Red Wings and Maple Leafs signing Curtis Joseph and Ed Belfour respectively, and the Blues bringing back Brent Johnson, the options quickly diminished for Richter.

Richter has a career record of 296-252-72 in 14 seasons with the Rangers. He is the all-time club leader in victories.

40 Responses to Richter stays put!

  1. mikster says:

    What a steal this was, money-wise. I thought he would have gotten at least $4.5 a season, yethe got four! Eddie the Pigeon gets $6.5 and Richter gets $4 a year.

    Woohoo! I don’t have to buy a new Rangers jersey now. Thank you Sather.


  2. laserman says:

    Awesome news for Rangers fans… Any more signings from here on is just gravy, and I can’t wait for the start of the season. Way to go Slats… More to come???

  3. Chandlerisback says:

    I knew he’d resign but im surprized he took the pay cut after Sather threw 70.5 million at Holik and Kaspar.

  4. mikster says:

    Richter proves his loyalty. Sather made himself look smart by keeping him, and Richter made Sather look smarter with $4 million a season.

  5. Freezer says:

    $4 million per for Richter???? God, it makes me wonder what Philly’s take-it-or-leave-it-deal was worth. Not much, I guess. Maybe Richter’s knees and that concussion was a lot worse than any of us know. This gives the Ranger 2 big bargains with Kaspar and now Richter. Not bad.

    This also gives Blackburn 2 more years to work with Richter before he becomes the undisputed #1. These are good moves for the Rangers.

    Where does this leave Dafoe?

  6. Bigman says:

    I agree with micki I thought that he’d sign for 4.5-6 million. Richter, I believe, is an underated golie he’s focused, flexible(mentaly + physicly) well let me just say an all around good golie with a good resume. You know what the real bonus is he’s not a weiner like joseph and his classic on ice fit, or belfour off ice tantrom.

  7. NYRfan78 says:

    Im Pleased that Mike is staying put, he had to take a pay cut, but still 4 mil is a lot of money.And Blackburn can slowly come on as the no1 goalie in a couple of years.Great move in bringing him back.

  8. mikster says:

    Dafoe to the Blackhawks.

  9. Habfan1234 says:

    The Rangers got Richter at a lower price then I would have expected. I guess Richter had the Rangers as his only option, so he went back at the clubs price not his own. When healthy Richter can be and is one of the best goalies in the NHL. If the team can play a bit better defensivly then they will be a force to be reckoned with in the East. I think this will be the year that both New York franchises make the playoffs while the team in New Jersey misses it all together.

  10. Chandlerisback says:

    I agree

    Then Thibault to Atlanta

  11. Chandlerisback says:

    All ya need is Mess to follow with a one year deal

    Whats the score with Rucinsky

  12. wingerx says:

    this blew my mind…i couldn’t believe that Richter took this paycut either…everyone who talks about team loyalty should look at this signing as a statement of what the Rangers mean to Richter and vice versa. bravo on both sides here. the Rangers keep getting better. thats ok, i don’t care what their payroll is, as long as they’re competitive, which is what they will be next year. Anyone who says that this isn’t a playoff caliber team really needs their head examined.

  13. Forsberg21 says:

    Glenn Sather and the Rangers should be ashamed of themselves for dicking around Ricther the way they did. They trade his rights to Edmonton, and then when CUJO and Belfour are both signed, Sather says we planned to resign him the whole time. That’s Bullshit. They wanted either CUJO or Belfour. They have been trying to get rid of Richter for 2 years, even though he has been the guy that has given them a chance night in and night out. He has gotton freak injuries, like a skull fracture, through no fault of his own, and they have been trying to ditch him for the past 2 years. And now they give him $4 million, when they give Holik ***** $9 million. Are you kidding me? He’s worth at least $6 million. Mike these guys don’t want you, you should have signed somewhere else. St. Louis and Philly had to be interested in him. Boston would definitely paid you 4 million and they have a decent chance at the cup, and they would treat you like a human being. Glenn Sather you are a piece of trash. You over pay your players by millions and watch them give half assed efforts, and then you underpay the guy who gave his heart to your team for the past 13 seasons. Pathetic

  14. laserman says:

    I don’t think Mike is crying himself to sleep right now. Supposedly Philly made an offer, and Bostons best shot at the cup might have been this past year. Samsonov, and Thornton will have to make up the loss of Guerin unless they pull off a good trade. And would life be any better in St. Louis? I don’t think so. At least Richter starts with a better team in front of him than last year, and his loyalty may still be rewarded at a later date. What I think is pathetic is a showboating goaltender…Hmmm I wonder who that might be!!!

  15. NewYorkRangers says:

    Loyalty prevails! After 12 years of standing on his head, it no wonder he broke it. I’m now satisfied with this offseason. Now, the regular season, that’s a different story. They better make the playoffs, cuz if they miss it this year, I;m gonna hear from evrybody.

  16. NewYorkRangers says:

    You’re right, but I’m still happy with the richter signing, and i still don’t like sather. And about holik, you gotta realize that there are other teams bidding for him also, so when a team like TO is offering him 8 or 8.5, then sather’s gotta offer more if he wants him bad enough. I like what sather’s done this offseason, but I still don’t like him for what he’s been doing to richter since hes been here, especially this year, I’m actually surprised that he gave up some pride and resigned richter after he realized he was stuck.

  17. RichterFan says:

    ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THANK YOU GOD. As “Richterfan” I am a die hard Ranger fan and this is all I ever wanted. Now all is right in the hockey world.

  18. mikster says:

    First of all, no permanent offer was made for Cujo and Sather definitely did not contact Eddie Belfour. Richter had his chances of signing with ANY OTHER TEAM. He could have signed with the Flyers, Boston, or Leafs. He took a two million dollar pay cut.

    For the past two seasons, Sather has tried to make the team better. Now you tell me, your team is cold and are losing. You’re the new GM and there is a deal that could be done with Phoenix. You can get Khabi and Tkachuk for Fleury, Richter, and probably a draft pick or money. You tell me if you would do that trade, would you? You’re team needs a change, would you do it?

    The second year, Rangers hit the slumps, Sather wants the team to get younger. They didn’t draft Blackburn, they didn’t have a young goalie to play in the NHL. The trade would have been Richter and more for Johnson, Corso, and Jackman. Would you do that? If you were a wise GM, yeah you would do that.

    Sather then drafts Blackburn, and that changes things around. Sather accepted Richter’s “i want to retire a Ranger” and he didn’t trade him or made any serious offers during this year’s trade deadline. He traded him to Edmonton for a reason if Richter signed with another team.

    Holik and Kaspar were the team’s top priorities. Goaltending was the last thing Sather was going to do. Whether it was CUjo, Richter, Dafoe,…..goaltending was his last task. If the Rangers signed Richter to the same contract or a raise, then they wouldn’t have the money to sign the very needed player in Holik and the defenseman that they desperately needed in Kaspar.

    Yeah, Sather played hardball with Richter, but no way does a 36 year old goalie get a raise when his current salary was $6 million.

    You need to reason a bit more pal….Richter himself said he was testing the market, and he would have accepted a $6 million dollar offer from another team.

  19. wingerx says:

    well i think that Sather’s strategy was to keep Richter out there for as long as possible because he didn’t know how high the bidding would go for Holik and Kasparaitis. Slats is a businessman first and foremost, and I think he knew that Richter probably wouldn’t go anywhere. Once he got Holik and Kasparaitis signed, he knew how much money he had to work with to get Richter back aboard, and Richter’s loyalty and Sather’s patience both played out. Personally, I think Richter’s going to be thanking Sather for nabbing these two guys to play in front of him instead of blaming Sather for putting him on the market to get a big paycheck, which he probably wouldn’t have taken anyway. Whether Sather meant it when he said that signing Richter was the plan all along…i don’t know if thats true or not, personally i’m not too concerned about it, because everyone has won in the end here. Plus theres still a decent goalie on the market in Dafoe.

  20. NewYorkRangers says:

    I’m not complaining about his salary. About that Phoenix and St. Louis deal you have a very good point. Rangers never needed an upgrade in goal. He’s been the only thing going for them those 5 years. Sather pisses me off and satisfies both at the same time, but that’s with any GM. Anyway, I’m glad Richter is a Ranger again.

  21. mikster says:

    Mess will be a 3$3.5 million dollar deal for one season.

    As for Rucinsky, i don’t know. It depends how much he wants and he can’t ask for much. The Rangers lack LW’s and Rucinsky wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep with the Lindros line (worked really well together).

    Sather has to do his re-signings right now, Dvorak being the most important.

  22. mikster says:

    CBS also reported:

    “Richter asked for only a two-year deal, but Sather said the Rangers were open to talking about a longer contract. Injuries have caused him to miss 37 games the past two seasons.”,1329,5493840_60,00.html

  23. Sands says:

    After the first 4 day’s in July, I am a happy man. The best Center-men, and Defensive-men on the UFA list were signed.

    AND THEN, TONIGHT. I HEAR RICHTER IS A RANGER. Sather will now go down in my book as the best Ranger GM of all time. He has won his respect from Ranger fans…. If Richter was not signed, Holik and Kasparitis becoming Rangers would have never mattered. Richter Should retire with His home team. Not Philly, Not St. Louis.

    Richter is a Ranger For life, and the most loyal Ranger of all time.

    Richter stuck with the Rangers after Getting Dicked around, He took his lows and his highs with the Rangers…. I want at least, 1 cup in the next 2 years. Not for Sather, Not for the Rangers, But for Mike Richter, the greatest Ranger goalie of all time. Good luck Mikey.

  24. Stanajax says:

    Why do you all think Atlanta need a goalie????

    They’ll go with Hnilicka and Nurminen till Lehtonen is ready to take the job.

  25. Stanajax says:

    Well, well, you’re all happy, Rangers fans, but how your team will make the play-offs with absolutely NO LW!!!!!! You need almost 2 of them to only hope that chemistry won’t help you being on holidays come April…..

  26. beefer says:

    I was a little concerned that something had happened to ALL the Ranger bashers out there. Didn’t see one bad comment on them in the above until now. Not too happy with the way they treated Mike, but I’m glad he is back. Its gonna be a good season.

  27. TC_4 says:

    Once again, the Oilers management dosen’t come through when they have to re-sign one of their top players. It is a gloomy day for the Oilers, I mean Mike didn’t even get a press conference! First Coffey, Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Fuhr, Anderson, Petr Klima and his sweet lid, Joseph, and now Richter.

  28. NYIchooch75 says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Sather improved this team, but who is he kidding saying he wanted Richter the whole time? CuJo came right out and said the Rangers made him an offer. But, when the only other choice was Byron Dafoe, what would you do?

  29. NYIchooch75 says:

    How could anyone bash them. I hate the ***** Rangers, but they improved their team. So they overpaid for Holik. Who gives a shit. I still don’t think they are the best team in the East, but they will definitely make the playoffs. Toronto is worse than last year, and so are the Devils. The Islanders will probably start off slow without Peca. The East is wide open, so yes the Rangers could make the Cup finals. Shit, Carolina did this year, anything is possible. If I were a Rangers fan, this is what I would be concerned about:

    1) Chemistry + rookie head coach + 2 asst head coaches w/ their own ideas.

    2) Richters health. He hasn’t finished a full season in 3 years.

    3) They better improve their penalty kill. With Kaspar ( I love the guy, but he does take A LOT of dumb penalties) and Oliwa, they will be shorthanded a lot. And their penalty kill was a big weakness last year.

    4) Plenty of offense, still weak in their own end. Sorry, but I’m not sold on Poti, and Leetch, still great, is not getting any younger. Malakhov? Hot then cold, hot then cold. I was frustrated with him 9 years ago when he was on the Isles. This guy could be one of the best, but he is just so damn lazy. They should have thrown 3 mil a year at Richardson.

  30. titans says:

    Why doesn’t corn digest?

  31. TheDevil says:

    The Rangers Circus will be fun to watch next year!

    Let’s applause:

    The incredible, amazing, depressed – Crippled Goalie!!!

    The infamous, mean, dumb – Lunatic from Lithuania!!! He loves to crack heads open (he doesn’t play, but who cares?), and will join one of his big time victims, the special, Concussion Boy!!!

    The leading man, the guy all Russian tennis whore players love, Me First Russian Rocket!!

    Next, the great actor, the cynical, the ***** who poses like Rocky Balboa – Matt Barnaby!!!!!

    And the drama story of an old time goon who want to become a player – Sandy McCarthy!!! This year, joined by the Polish Pugilist….

    I heard Billy Tibbets is attractin Sather’s attention – he is missing whacko Fleury, couldn’t get Crazy Eddie, now needs another criminal to bring the crowd over….

  32. pantherboy says:

    So the Rangers just gave Edmonton a draft pick for nothing?

  33. big_booty says:

    Looked in the bowl this morning, did we? Wonder what Freud would say about that.

    It’s quite simple, really.

    You see, corn is a plant in the grass family. Bet you didn’t know that one, huh? Anyway, the chemical make-up of corn is very similar to that of wood. You don’t eat wood, do you? It’s all cellulose, which cannot be broken down by the human digestive system. Insects have no problem at all digesting the stuff because of all the specialized digestive enzymes in their intestinal tracts. Millions of years of evolution influenced the design of the human body in a very specific way. We were meant to be meat eaters. The digestive enzymes in our bodies are designed first and foremost to break down animal protein, and not plant matter.

    So now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

  34. Freezer says:

    Not bad for a guy who studies dinosaurs.

  35. big_booty says:

    Sharks. Not dinosaurs.

    Big difference.

    You must look in the bowl too. How’s that working out for you?

  36. Forsberg21 says:

    That was pretty stupid of Roy I admit. But come on, they treated Richter like trash, like an unwanted child. He deserves more respect than what they gave him. And why would you even bring up Roy when I was sticking up for Richter.

  37. Forsberg21 says:

    I need to reason more? Who the ***** are you to tell me that. As a Ranger fan you should be pissed at what they did to the guy who has stuck with your team his whole career. You need to open your eyes and realize that they did not want Richter anymore, and they did everything they could to land CUJO, but he thought he could win a cup in Detroit. He didn’t play “hardbal” with richter. He played take out the trash on Monday with him. Now that he’s stuck out in the cold with only Richter and Dafoe, at least he was able to suck it up and look stupid for the benefit of the team, by choosing the better goalie.

  38. Forsberg21 says:

    If they thought they might end up signing him, they wouldn’t have traded him, just so they could give a compensatory draft pick to Edmonton when they did sign him. THEY DIDN’T WANT HIM. How’s that for reasoning.

  39. Freezer says:

    No, dinosaurs. You are a Flyers fan, aren’t you??

  40. DaMick says:

    Collusion? perhaps?

    I thought i saw Richter wearing a Oiler jersey last night…


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