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Mike Richter spoke about the Rangers recently and said that the team "still has a lot in the tank" and that everyone will still be looking for "great things next year." (NYR)

Richter said that the Rangers are making the right moves internally and continue to build the team with talented players but also character players.

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Mike Richter was recently asked about Henrik Lundqvist and what impresses him about Lundqvist. (NYR)

Richter said, "If you look at any great player, your ability to not just elevate your game when needed but also elevate the players on the team around you. Just playing at a consistent level is the hard thing. Players can score hat tricks or get a shutout or have great games or weeks or even seasons but to do that year after year, training camp, regular season, playoffs."

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Mike Richter said that he has enjoyed his past coaching experience and would like to return to the game in that capacity at some point. (NY Times)

Richter said that a lot of people in hockey have helped him and he would like to return the favor. (NY Times)

He said that he would like to get involved as a coach at a "higher level" than the ones he has previously coached at. (NY Times)

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Mike Richter said that with the Rangers "skill and depth" they can make another run at the Stanley Cup. (NY Times)

He said that the Rangers compete every night and that last year's run to the Stanley Cup Final is a "huge learning experience." (NY Times)

Richter then added that one thing that may stop them from potentially getting back is how much a run like last year takes out of a team. He added that the Rangers won't be surprising anyone anymore either. (NY Times)

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A TMZ camera found Mike Richter in Manhattan and asked him what he thought about the Rangers being down 0-3.

Richter said, "these guys have been playing great, if they weren't playing great I would be concerned but I think they will win tomorrow." (TMZ Sports)

On having a chance in the series, Richter said "100% but you can't even look that far in advance. You have one game, three periods to play and LA won't get the Cup for free, they have to go through the Rangers and the Rangers are at home and a great team and they will come to play."(TMZ Sports)

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Mike Richter was a guest on Macko and Cauz on TSN Radio at 11:30AM:

  • On 20 years ago and how vivid are the memories, "it brings back memories and as any good goalie will tell you,? you never remember losses or the goals that went in, only the saves. (laughs) This time of year is so compelling when you get to any sport. In hockey it's such a marathon and so great this year. The final four teams had a lot of character and grit and talent and these are really compelling games to watch."
  • How do you know when certain guys are on the ice/Pavel Bure, "When he is upon you on a breakaway. With a guy like Hagelin, how many chances is this guy gonna get. Quick not being tested much in the third makes this great save on a breakaway, it's a game changer and maybe a series changer. That speed really kills and the Rangers have made a step in the right direction in getting these speedy forwards, they are hard to contain. You better be aware of the fast players. Mario was a guy who in his prime was scary because he was faster than he looked and he could accept the pass and be upon you before you blink. You have to be aware of who is on the ice for sure but I will say that both of these teams run four lines so well that you can't say that you have it covered because one guy is on the ice, these guys come in waves so the goalies have to be always."
  • Best bottle of wine or champagne after 1994, "Yea, the one that we poured into the cup and sipped out of in the locker room, it doesn't get better than that. That stuff could have been ten day old gatorade and still been pretty damn good."
  • What pressure is on Henrik Lundqvist, "I would say that you can't have average goaltending and win in the Finals. Quick may have more around him but he just can't be okay. When you are being out shot 18-2 or 3 and it's a breakaway, it could be the end of the game. His margins are very slim and I was impressed with the big saves that he made. Lundqvist was getting quality and quantity and the Rangers play good enough team D that they can win as a group. I think it diminshes how good the Rangers are to say that Lundqvist is just keeping them in there, that is a pretty damn good team and as much as people look at it as an opportunity lost in the first game, if the Rangers can get the split they were off for five days and that isn't easy to deal with. It's a big game tomorrow and if they squeak out a win, it's 180 degrees different because you come out with a split in the other teams building and it's a different conversation. Lundqvist is playing unreal and needs to play unreal or the Rangers don't have much of a chance. But both goalies have to perform because they are too tight."
  • On goalie size, "You look across all sports. In baseball they are big players, tennis, everyone is getting big. The only sport not getting bigger is jockeys but the horses are getting bigger.? (laughs) It's amazing what is out there. Glenn Healy and I were average sized goalies and then I left as a midget. Everyone position where strength and size can be an advantage, you will draft for that. Ben Bishop, because of his size, can be off and have the puck hit him sometimes. The size is significant and your ability to score, look where you need to put the puck to score on these guys, there are not too many freebies and the forwards need to be that much better."
  • On being at Yale/being around Rangers people there, "That is the only way I got through there. (laughs) It's almost a suburb of NY, 90 miles away. Most of the students I was going with were so young that they didn't know who I was. You are kind of lost when you stop playing and it's something that you do your whole life and I wanted to complete my undergrad degree and see what else is around. I volunteered as an assistant coach, coached my kids, I'm never away? from hockey but there is lots to pursue outside of hockey. It was helpful because right away it's hard to say that you will go right into another line of work. It was good because I had a young family and it was good to regroup before moving on."
  • On what happens when you retire and the transition, "it's a good point and by definition we go into it knowing what you are getting into. You almost back into it. I played hockey my whole life and wanted to play in the NHL from the first day I started skating. Then it happens and you are never prepared for it to happen and even Wayne Gretzky you don't retire on your own terms because you are getting older and can't compete at the same level and you feel old as a player. I was 38 and that isn't old in life but you feel that you are ancient and the idea of going back to school, I am pushing 40 and taking these under grad classes, I will feel like a dope. But it's okay and you have plenty of living to do and take a step back and you miss it so much and your whole life is so focused on the day to day. I knew what I was going to eat 3 months from then, the training, when I would nap and who was playing and your life is very structured then suddenly it doesn't matter what you eat, when you sleep, what happens, you are just off and you don't have the team structure around and it is uncomfortable and I don't think many are prepared for it. There is huge void no matter who you are."
  • Have you worked with the NHL to make the sport greener, "They are doing a lot. I wish I had the stats in front of me but with food waste. If you play a game at MSG they maybe make 80,000 hot dogs that night and maybe 30,000 are eaten or whatever it is, it's New York...but they throw away the rest of them and that is landfill that they are paying a lot of money to take away and they started this plan in New York and now I think every team is doing it, that prepared but unused food goes to food bank shelters so you avoid the cost and it's tons of food per year, hundreds of thousands of pounds and I think 200,000 meals were given away. They realized they were producing a lot of waste because you have 20,000 people coming to your game. They are looking at water use in Western Canada and doing work with water banks and a huge amount of work, even at Staples Center, they have solar panels on it. It's hard for Gary Bettman because he isn't a dictator and these are individual owners and big money and big ego and Bettman won't tell them what to do but NHL Green and Omar Mitchell, the sustainability officer, all day long he is doing stuff. I talk to them a lot and they are doing great work."
  • "If I can leave you with one thought, I am taller than Glenn Healy....and more hair than Darren Pang...at least for now."
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Mike Richter was a guest on TSN Radio prior to game three between the Rangers and Canadiens:

  • On this Rangers team, "it's amazing how it happens and you saw the game last night and if you are that close and don't close somebody out. There is so much parity and no glide and the momentum can shift. The Rangers were not playing their best, maybe not as bad as they are given credit for. They rallied around Marty St. Louis and it built the momentum and they rolled four lines and were fresher than the Pens and you have a statement game like that and bring it to the next game and all bets are off and they can shut a team down with their defense and Lundqvist."
  • On the Habs goalie situation and Peter Budaj being mad,"I don't know, he is a pro and a great goalie, sometimes a coach has a hunch...that same thing happened. I was the recipient of that. I played against Pitt in 89 and it's not that Vanbiesbrouck would never play again, it was a way to stimulate the team. This guy is a good player so it's not a total reach. In the end you are trying to replace Carey Price who was playing as well as anyone in the league, that Boston series to me was impressive. He was great and a big game goalie and it's a tough fill there."
  • On Henrik Lundqvist and the Habs making a big effort to beat him, "I think you are right, it's not like the Habs are rolling over, they are throwing everything at them. You look at the stats sheet and they had 40 shots on net, they played hard and did what they needed to and they got a bounce. MTL is not rolling over and playing hard but Lundqvist is playing very well. The Rangers are not easy to play against. They block shots and a lot of those shots don't get through and Lundqvist makes all the routine saves and many exceptional ones. They area tough team to play against, they roll four lines, they are a tough team but he has been so consistent and has gone to another level in the playoffs and it's a difficult thing as a forward to go in."
  • On the Mark Messier guarantee, "as bold as it was, we wouldn't be talking about it today if we didn't win and I think it becomes really bold when you deliver in that fashion, he sealed the last goal of the game with a Hat Trick and he throws it down the ice without looking into the net. He wrote an incredible story there and it's been spoken about a lot but he was saying he believed in our team and he said that we could win and we need to play our game. Similar to the Rangers of last round, sometimes you play your best and lose and there is not more that you can do and it's frustrating. We didn't feel like we had played our best hockey in the games we lost and it was in our control to fix those things and that is when you can say I know we can fix this and Mark was giving that message to us and we knew we could win and people were saying we were going to hit bottom and instead we did come out and win the game."
  • Why aren't there more Guarantees, "there are not as many crazy guys in sports. You have to be supremely confident to do it. As much as you want to explain it away, you look at the answers that people give and they are well schooled. Why put something up on the blackboard, you try to avoid them. You are a leader and sometimes you need to stick your neck out and Mark was quite capable of doing that and lost no opportunity to massage our team into the right direction. We were laughing about it that morning and guys were going 'thanks Mark' and it was a veteran team and we took it in the spirit that it was given and we had a great squad and can clean up our game and have a real chance and winning the game. We had a great laugh of it but until I saw the puck go in the center of the net you realize that he guaranteed that thing. The puck wasn't in the net and I was laughing because he did it. It was for the right reasons."
  • Does more need to be done to protect goalies, "you are vulnerable as a goalie. When I saw him slide into the goalie I'm not sure there is much he can do. He is a big man and going 25MPH. Carey Price is a supremely valuable player and you don't want to see it. I've had Ranger fans say that they want to win but want to beat their best. I don't know Carey but when you play at the top of our game and get hurt it makes you sick but it's part of the game. It's why sometimes you see them act and draw a penalty but you can't concentrate on a 240 lb guy hitting you when he might not but you know the puck will. To see Price's leg, the blade of his skate on the outside of the post and his ankle fixed there and something has to go and it won't be the post. I didn't feel vulnerable but you are vulnerable in that position. I was glad it wasn't a 1 for 1 and that MTL was pretty measured in their response. You don't know what is between a guys ears when it's happening."
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Mike Richter joined Al Trautwig on MSG during the second intermission:

  • ?Al: "Joining us now, the most annoying Ranger in the history of the franchise, Mike Richter...you know if someone asked me who I enjoyed talking to the most in my career I would say you, unpredictable, never knew where it was going."
  • Richter: (laughing) "Never understood a word I said."
  • Al: "we had a lot of fun...what did you think when Henrik was being honored tonight?"
  • Richter: "It was fitting, he has been here nine years and what he has accomplished in that short amount of time. He came in and I don't think a lot of people expected him to come right in and steal the job, he did and you get on a roll early, he did but you keep that roll going for nine years. This kid, like all great players plays at a high level but he plays to his capacity a lot. He is consistent, which is another way of saying it and it's the mark of great champion."
 

  • Al: "How well do you know him?"
  • Richter: "Pretty well. I met him when he came here and people said 'what kind of advice are you giving Henrik' and I said that the man knows how to play, not a lot. He has a great coach in Benoit Allaire and it's one of those things where the Rangers have been awesome about having their older players be around, the alumni and what not but it's his time now and this time and their time to shine and you don't want to be this ghost hanging out in the back. I'm a fan so I sit back and watch his greatness."
  • Al: Did you have a goalie coach in 1994?"
  • Richter: "the odd thing is when I came into this organization, the first guy who was my goalie coach was Eddie Giacomin and it was phenomenal. Bob Frose was here and Vanbiesbrouck and Eddie was our coach and it was so cool, I had read about him as a kid. Idolized him and I grew up in Philly watching Parent and kind of hating Eddie because he could beat the Flyers a lot but really respecting him. It was really phenomenal to get a perspective from someone who has been there but someone who was great."
  • Al: "What does Hank do different than you."
  • Richter: "Boy, it's a different game now. He is a bigger goalie. I love how he fills the net and how square he is. I think goalies play differently than how I played. The things that he does well, that all goalies do well regardless of their styles is that he competes. He came in here with a hell of a lot of talent, which you can say about almost any goalie in the league but you can't say that any goalie works as hard as he does and he has improved since the day he got here and will continue to improve."
  • Al: "The silver goal that they gave you when they retired your number is still at the training facility and you can pick it up whenever you want"
  • Richter: (Laughs) "Little tough to get that baby into a New York apartment."
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Four four seasons Ulf Samuelsson was a teammate of Mike Richter's and saw him win 122 of his 301 wins.

Samuelsson is now an assistant coach with the Rangers and saw Henrik Lundqvist break Richter's franchise record for wins.

He said after Lundqvist picked up win 302 that both Richter and Lundqvist are "great goalies who both belong to the absolute elite layer." Samuelsson added that it was an honor to be teammates with Richter and coach for Lundqvist.? (Expressen)

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3/8/14: 10:30PM: Mike Richter was on Rangers post game to discuss Henrik Lundqvist breaking his record for All-Time wins by a Rangers goalie:

  • On 302 for Hank, "Thanks for having me guys. It was the usual. He came up with so many great saves and this has been the way he has been across his career here. It's a tough game to play when the goals start flying at both ends, it's great for the Rangers and they needed it but hard as a goalie. He even at the end was still making some phenomenal saves. I'm entertained watching him and in awe of what he has done in a short career really, nine years to pass Eddie, pass myself, he is really an impressive player and fun to watch."
  • How would you describe Lundqvist, "I think the first thing, look, you don't win as much as he does unless you have a heck of a lot of talent. He has that for sure but these are the 700 best players in the world and he has a compete level that is through the roof. When you can marry skill and the discipline and character to bring out the best every night. You look at Wayne Gretzky's and Marty Brodeur's. guys who have played well across the league, it's one thing to play great but another to play at the upper range of your capacity with consistency, that is the mark of a great player, consistency and is there is anything that he brings it is that. You don't get that without a lot of hard work, even with the skill level and I have been very impressed and really, you have to become a fan of anyone who works that hard and marrying that skill with that determination is pretty potent stuff."
  • On the Rangers as a team, "I think a game like this, as hard as it is on the goalie when it starts opening up, it may be something that they need. 8 goals is great and they get the most important thing which is the two points. This is a team with a lot of fire power if they can get on the right page. They are still absorbing a great guy like St. Louis and you just want him to get into the system and once he starts firing on all cylinders he can help them be a very dangerous team. It was good to see Nash score two. They are fantastic in net, they play a good defensive game, have young legs and if they can get their scoring down they will be a dangerous team in the playoffs."
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The Rangers will play the Bruins in Boston on the day after Thanksgiving at 1PM and former Rangers goalie Mike Richter is patterning with the NHL, NBC and former Bruin Cam Neely to promote the game.

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Let's Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation have announced the creation of a new award to honor the most outstanding goalie in NCAA Men's Hockey.

The award is named after Mike Richter and the first award will be given out at the 2014 Frozen Four.

Richter played two seasons at Wisconsin before turning pro. At Wisconsin, in 1986, he was the WCHA Freshman of the Year and was All-Second Team WCHA in 1987.

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Darren Pang took to twitter earlier today and said that this lockout reminded up of the roller coaster that was the 1994-95 lockout that ended with a 48 game season that started in January.

This emotional roller coaster reminding me more of 94/95. Players and owners got together, felt good, then left table, not as good it dragged on, players got antsy, vote seemed to happen quick. Are players feeling same way now? They just want to play by now I'm sure.
In the NY Post, Brian Leetch spoke out about how the owners and how upsetting the current situation is, ?I was involved in the last one, where basically the owners broke the union and were able to get a deal they believed was fair, changed the whole structure of the system. And now to be in this again, where they are basically trying to redo it again and hammer the union, it?s disappointing.

When asked about whether he thought a deal would get made, Mike Richter told The Post "I think they have to and I think they will." He added that he understands the owners position and how the teams that are losing money need to have the system changed. He added "part of getting a deal is compromise. Both sides have to bite the bullet, probably accept things they normally wouldn't want anf figure it out,"

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Every year NHL.com rolls out it's list of the top draft picks selected from picks 1-30 all time.

This year the Rangers have the 28th pick in the draft and John Kreiser picks Mike Richter as the best 28th pick of all time.

Richter was picked 28th in 1985.

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Many times this season, Henrik Lundqvist has talked about how he thinks that the clock on his career is starting to tick and he needs to make the most of his opportunities right now.

Lundqvist, who turned 30 this season, had a career high 39 wins this season.

In the NY Times, Rangers legend Mike Richter talked about how growing older tends to benefit goalies, ?Your body diminishes over time, but goaltenders often get better as they get older. You know yourself better. You know how to respond. That?s the deal when the franchise is relying on you.?

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That really was surreal. You can?t get ahead of yourself, you just have to worry about your position. You?re in this place in your mind where you block out everything else. I?m preparing myself and after all the chances at both ends, after all the great saves Marty had made, this innocent thing goes around the net and Stephane chucks it on. I?m 200 feet away, and I?m looking down the ice. The way the puck looked, there?s this hesitation, for sure. It just seemed so slow. The fans, I don?t think, saw it. The referee barely saw the thing, too. There was very little reaction by Marty and the players, and then there was this opening where I go, ?oh my God, I think that went in.? But you?re not convinced and you certainly don?t want to start investigating. The hesitation from the crowd gave me no indication, and then the place just exploded. And even then you?re like, ?is it really over?? I felt that seven games later, when we were in the Finals. It?s very odd to be deeply immersed in a game and then, an instant later, the series is over.

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From the Rangers Game notes:

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 36 shots faced to post his league-leading, third shutout of the playoffs, and second shutout in the series. He improved to 25-27 overall in the playoffs, including an 11-15 mark on the road. Lundqvist became the first Rangers goaltender to post multiple shutouts in a single playoff series since Mike Richter registered two shutouts against New Jersey in their 1997 Conference Semifinals series. The shutout was the sixth of his career, moving him past Ed Giacomin and John Ross Roach into third on the Rangers? all-time list, and he is now tied for third on the Rangers? single season shutouts list.

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At Blueshirts United Mike Richter, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch all talked about how the Rangers identity is built around discipline and goaltending.

Richter said "the intensity that they bring to practice and the discipline that they have from the coaching staff on down is one of the major reasons they have success."

Leetch said that the Rangers have earned their spot in the standings and Messier praised the group of guys:

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In an interview with Blueshirts United, Rangers legend Mike Richter gave some thoughts on this year's Rangers, saying, "They are playing great hockey against the top teams and they just need to keep their consistency going. They are an awesome team to watch."

Richter added, "they have such competitiveness from the goal on out and they seem like a very complete team and i think that it has been a key to their success and obviously has to continue."

These guys have figured out how to win pretty well and I don't think they are going to feel intimidated. They don't need to lose in order to win, they just need to keep what they are doing going.
Richter also John Tortorella, who was an assistant in 1999 when Richter was on the team, and the system he has put in place this season.
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Today is the eighth anniversary of the Rangers retiring Mike Richter's #35.

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The Rangers have tweeted that Mike Richter will join Mike Keenan behind the bench at the Rangers alumni game with former coaches Emile Francis and Colin Campbell.

It was reported on Tuesday that Richter would be at the alumni game.

I guess Richter and his doctors didn't feel comfortable with him getting back on skates to play.

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On MSG, Sam mentioned that Mike Richter WILL play in the alumni game but not as a goalie.

Richter had been looking for clearance from doctors to play in the game. He was worried about his old concussion symptoms coming back.

Any Mike Richter is better than no Mike Richter.

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Update: 10:08AM: At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance has this quote from Mike Richter about the outdoor game:

"I'm a huge fan of this outdoor game. It gets back to the roots of our game. I'll participate in whatever I can," he said. "I grew up idolizing the Flyers. We had a couple wars against them many times ... to get another kick at that is a very cool thing. I'll definitely be there one way or another."
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I had a good view of the series-winning goal by Stephane Matteau in double overtime of Game 7. It?s funny because sometimes even though you?re 180 feet down the rink, sometimes the defense opens up or you?re seeing straight on to Marty?s net, and you can see everything. When the puck went around, there was that hesitation before the fans reacted. I said to myself that it looks like it went in.

Mike Richter

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Former Rangers goalie Mike Richter and other athletes, including the Boston Bruins' Andrew Ference, race car driver Leilani Munter, and NFL fullbacks Ovie Mughelli and Mike Alstott, took a boat tour yesterday with the Sierra Club to view some of the areas affected by the?Deepwater Horizon oil spill, also known as the BP oil spill.

Richter later spoke on a conference call about what he saw:

It is very sad to see what is taking place here; I mean, it?s a huge industrial area, but it?s also a way life for generations of fishing and a quality life that is now possibly compromised forever.

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Today the 2010 class for the Hockey Hall of Fame will be announced. At NHL.com, Dan Rosen looks at the candidates and pulls one a little out of left field, Mike Richter:

He was the backbone of the Rangers team in 1993-94 that ended 54 years of misery with a Stanley Cup title. He was also an integral piece of USA Hockey's rise to prominence starting in the late 1980s, going through 1990s, including the 1996 World Cup of Hockey (MVP performance), and finally closing with a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
...I don't need to be sold one this, and while he isn't really a hall of famer, those injuries and concussions cut that short, it would still be great if he got in.

As for the others he lists, I stated my thoughts on Pavel Bure last week.

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Last night as the Flyers were celebrating their 2-1 win over the Bruins that will force a game seven tomorrow night, camera's caught former Rangers goalie and legend Mike Richter shaking the hand of Flyers owner Ed Snider.

Philabright has some more information.

...This is wrong on so many levels, but Richter is originally from the Philly area. The thing is, yes Richter did accept an invitation from Snider or someone in his camp to watch the game from his box, but what is he going to do after they win? Not shake or thank Snider's hand? By all accounts Richter is one of the best guys you will ever meet and while he is a Ranger through and through, he certainly had to congratulate Snider on their win.

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The greatest goalie in Rangers history, Mike Richter recently spoke about his experience with team USA in the 2002 Olympics.

The great Mike Morreale, of NHL.com, took down a lot of what Richter said about the games in Salt Lake City.

"At the time you wind up winning the silver, it sounds great, but you lost the game to win the silver," Richter said. "You win the bronze, win the gold and lose the silver and it's very difficult. Ice hockey is such an international game. There's so much pride on the line and it really does matter. People on the outside might say, 'Why shut down the NHL season?' The reason is because you are looking at the cream of the crop. It's not an NHL All-Star Game; it's an All-Star game people really care about that comes down to these guys who are so skilled."
...I remember being so happy that Richer was backstopping team USA and was disappointed with the loss to Canada, but Silver is no slouch. The team couldn't match up with Canada and they ran through Team USA in the gold medal game.

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With the NHLPA having their issues after the removal of executive director Paul Kelly, Craig Custance, of The Sporting News, writes today that former Rangers legend Mike Richter could be a candidate for the position.

...This would be a cool step for Richter to take. I would love for him to run for Congress though. Having Richter down in Washington would be a very cool thing. It could then lead to Senator Richer and dare I say, President Mike Richter.

Its just a dream, and Chris Chelios will probably get the NHLPA gig, but this could be the first step for Richter.

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Mike Richter finished his career with 301 wins, a Rangers record and 41 playoff wins, also a Rangers record.

16 of those wins came in 1994 when Richter and the Rangers won the Stanley Cup.

While 1994 was his most publicized playoff run, when asked by Michael Obernauer about when his game as the best, he picked another playoff run:

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Former Rangers goalie Mike Richter will be one of the recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, along with Mark Messier, today.

The Lester Patrick Award is given for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Jeff Z. Klein, of the New York Times, spoke to Richter about the award and US Hockey:

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Legendary Rangers goalie Mike Richter looks back at the 1994 playoffs in the New York Daily News.

Richter provides a first hand account of what he saw from between the pipes and its a tremendous read for anyone who loves Richter and the 94 team.

It was forgotten when we went on the ice and I didn't think about it again until he was shooting that damn puck down the ice for his third goal - kind of a turnaround shot from our end right into the middle of the open net. You go, "Oh my God, he predicted it, then he scored the game winner and had a hat trick." Just a remarkable storyline to what was a really, intense fun series at that point. And those games are just what you live to be part of.

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Andrew Gross of the Record has a bunch of fantastic quotes from Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter about their teammate Adam Graves.

I truly recomend reading all of them, posting a few wouldnt due justice to the others that wouldnt be posted.

Its truly some great stuff and shows how much Gravey meant to the team and his mates.

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Jordan Carleo-Evangelist of the Albany Times Union reports former Rangers G Mike Richter will not seek the the open congressional seat in New York states 20th District.

According to Carleo-Evangelist, Richter cites his family and his environmental business as the reasons he will not look to replace Senator Kristen Gillibrand in the newly vacated congressional seat.

Yesterday, SNYRangersBlog.com conducted a poll to see if you would vote for Richter, should he be in your district, with 94% of readers saying the would.

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The New York Daily News reports today that Rangers legend Mike Richter is mulling a run for the House seat vacated by Kirsten Gillibrand.

Richter has a few times before mulled a run for political office after his retirement from hockey.

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The line that Richter says about taking one in the mellon is heartbreaking with the concussion problems that ended his great career.

The first one can be viewed here. And once you finish why don't you check out our early look at the offseason.

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Legendary Mike Richter making a great glove save in Game 7 of 94.

Hey thats Kevin Lowe and Trevor Linden looking back at the Save.

Credit again goes to the AP.

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