New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Mike Richter. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"Mike Richter is synonymous with the tradition and class of this organization and we are excited to have him remain in a Rangers sweater,” said Sather. "He is among the elite goaltenders in the league and has been a cornerstone of this franchise for several years."
Richter, 35, appeared in 55 matches last season, posting a record of 24-26-4, along with a 2.95 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. He established a new career-high scoreless streak from November 29 through December 5, going 160:05 without allowing a goal. Richter recorded his 24th career shutout on December 2 against Tampa Bay, tying him with Lorne Worsley and Chuck Rayner for fourth place on the team’s all-time shutout list. At the conclusion of the season, he was selected as the Rangers most valuable player by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, as well as the Frank Boucher Trophy recipient as the team’s most popular player on and off the ice.
A veteran of 14 NHL seasons, Richter has appeared in 653 matches with the Rangers, registering a career mark of 296-252-72, along with a career goals against average of 2.89. He holds several franchise goaltending records, including: most games played by a goaltender (653) and most wins (296). In addition, Richter is a two-time Rangers’ most valuable player and a four-time Frank Boucher Trophy winner. He has appeared in three NHL All-Star Games (1992, 1994 and 2000) and was the recipient of the All-Star Game MVP in 1994.
In 76 career post-season contests, Richter has posted a 41-33 record, along with a 2.68 goals against average and nine shutouts. He is the club’s all-time winningest goaltender in the post-season with 41 wins, and his nine shutouts also ranks first in franchise history. Richter was a key member of the Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup championship team, starting all 23 post-season matches and leading the NHL with 16 wins, placing third with a 2.07 goals against average and third with a .921 save percentage.
Richter was a member of Team USA at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the 2002 Olympic Games, he helped the United States capture a silver medal and was named to the All-Tournament Team after posting a 2-1-1 mark and a 2.25 goals against average. He appeared in six matches at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, posting 4-2 mark en route to the tournament championship and the most valuable player award. In 1991, Richter helped the United States to a second place finish at the Canada Cup. He was also a member of United States entries in two World Junior Championships (1985 and 1986) and the 1993 World Hockey Championships in Munich, Germany.
Before his professional career, Richter spent two seasons at the University of Wisconsin, posting a 33-25-1 mark in 60 matches for the Badgers, along with a 3.70 goals against average. He was named the WCHA's Rookie of the Year in 1985-86 and All-Academic team member in 1986-87.
The Abington, Pennsylvania native was originally selected by the Rangers in the second round, 28th overall, in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.