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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mike Richter Thinks Henrik Lundqvist & The Rangers Can Still Win the Stanley Cup


With last season’s veteran sell-off, Lundqvist may find even less defensive support this coming season, but Richter doesn’t see the Rangers in traditional rebuilding mode.

“Clearly the Rangers aren’t starting from scratch. They have one of the best goalies in the world in the net,” Richter said. “They felt the window close with the veterans that they had. They had to start anew. … They should be commended for saying, ‘We’re not just good with making the playoffs. We’re not good with getting to the conference final. We want to win the Cup.’

“Across the league, a lot of people are looking at what just happened with Vegas, and you can’t start more from scratch than that.”

Though Lundqvist holds several significant franchise records, he seems further than ever from holding the Stanley Cup, which Richter helped bring to the Rangers in 1994.

But the retired lifelong Ranger doesn’t think the current face of the franchise needs to leave New York to earn the elusive title.

“Take the great young talent that he’ll be surrounded with here and mold it into something that understands how to be a champion,” Richter said. “Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, they all had to learn that at some point in their life, and when you have good leadership you can.”

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