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Ranking Every New York Rangers Goalie Since Their Last Stanley Cup Win In 1994

After winning their last Stanley Cup in 1994, there have been a total of 28 goaltenders who have played at least one game with the New York Rangers.

The New York Rangers were originally founded in 1926. Throughout their franchise history, they have won four Stanley Cups in 1928, 1933, 1940, and most recently in 1994. As a matter of fact, in 1928 they became the first National Hockey League team located in the United States to win the Stanley Cup.

The most important trophy to goaltenders is the Vezina Trophy. Each year it is awarded to the best goaltender in the league. But prior to 1982, it was given to the goaltender(s) of the team who had the fewest goals scored against them during the regular season. A total of five Rangers goalies have been honored with this coveted trophy throughout the years:

Dave Kerr: 1940

Ed Giacomin: 1971

Gilles Villemure: 1971

John Vanbiesbrouck: 1986

Henrik Lundqvist: 2012

After winning their last Stanley Cup in 1994, there have been a total of 28 goaltenders who have played at least one game with the New York Rangers. Eleven of them have played less than five games – Chris Holt, Jamie Ram, Jean-Francois Labbe, Matt Zaba, Mackenzie Skapski, Milan Hnilicka, Magnus Hellberg, Alex Auld, Vitali Yeremeyev, Johan Holmqvist and Jamie McLennan. The remaining seventeen goaltenders have played at least five games for the Rangers since the 1994-95 season and I will rank them from worst to best.

17 Jason LaBarbera

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Jason LaBarbera began his NHL career with the New York Rangers. However, he only played a total of five games with them between the 2000-01 and 2003-04 seasons. He also spent some time with their AHL affiliate team, the Hartford Wolf Pack. During his time with the Rangers, he posted just one win and two losses, along with a very hefty 4.61 goals against average and a .828 save percentage.

In two of those five games, this goaltender let in over three goals. As a matter of fact, in his last game with the New York Rangers on March 7, 2004, he faced the Pittsburgh Penguins and they scored seven times on him.

After his time with New York, he went on to play for the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks before announcing his retirement in 2016.

16 Jason Muzzatti

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Jason Muzzatti spent less than one season with the New York Rangers in 1997-98. Prior to joining the Rangers, he spent a very short time with the Calgary Flames followed by two seasons with the Hartford Whalers.

During his time with New York, this goalie played just 6 games and tallied no wins, 3 losses and 2 ties, along with a 3.26 goals against average and a .891 save percentage. In three of his six games with them, he let in four or more goals. He also racked up 10 penalty minutes, which averages out to almost two minutes per game – or one penalty per game which is a lot for a goaltender.

In March 1998, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Rich Brennan. After playing just one game with the Sharks, he never played in another NHL game.

15 Dan Blackburn

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Dan Blackburn had a very short NHL career, having played only two seasons from 2001 to 2003 which were both spent with the New York Rangers. This is quite shocking since he was drafted 10th overall in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Rangers and had high expectations after his phenomenal run with the Kootenay Ice in the WHL.

This netminder played a total of 63 regular season games with New York and tallied 20 wins (including one shutout), 32 losses and 4 ties, along with a 3.22 goals against average and a .894 save percentage. He didn’t have a lot of luck protecting the net since he let in four of more goals in 22 of the 63 games he played. The Rangers failed the make the playoffs in both of those seasons.

After his time with the Rangers, he never played another NHL game.

14 Chad Johnson

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Chad Johnson was drafted 125th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Then in June 2009, he was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for fifth round draft pick.

He made his NHL debut with the Rangers, but only played just six games with them between 2009 and 2011. In those 6 games, this goaltender tallied 1 win, 2 losses and 1 overtime/shootout loss, along with a 2.59 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. He did not appear in any playoff games with them. He spent the majority of his time with New York’s AHL affiliate team, the Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale.

After his time with the Rangers’ organization, he went on to play for the Phoenix Coyotes, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, and now he’s currently a member of the Calgary Flames.

13 Dan Cloutier

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Dan Cloutier spent the first two seasons of his NHL career with the New York Rangers from 1997 to 1999. During that time, this netminder played 34 regular season games and recorded 10 wins, 13 losses and 4 ties, along with a 2.62 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. He also tallied a large amount of penalty minutes with 21 PIM. As a matter of fact, he racked up more penalty minutes than games played during the 1997-98 season with 19 PIM in 12 games. The Rangers failed to make the playoffs in both of Cloutier’s seasons with them.

After his time with New York, he went on to play for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings before retiring in 2010.

12 Guy Hebert

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Guy Hebert spent the first two years of his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues from 1991 to 1993, and then spent the following eight seasons with the Anaheim Ducks. Then after playing 41 games with the Ducks during the 2000-01 season, they placed him on waivers and that’s when the New York Rangers picked him up.

The netminder finished the 2000-01 season with New York, playing 13 regular season games with them and posting 5 wins, 7 losses and 1 tie, along with a 3.43 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. In 9 of those 13 games, he let in at least three goals, and in four of those games he let in at least 4 goals. The Rangers failed to make the playoffs that season. After his time with the Rangers, Hebert retired in 2001.

11 Kevin Weekes

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Kevin Weekes spent two seasons with the New York Rangers from 2005 to 2007. Prior to joining the Rangers, he played for the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes.

Prior to joining the Rangers, he had a pretty decent season with the Hurricanes recording career highs in wins (23) and shutouts (6), but unfortunately he was less than impressive during his time in New York. During his time with the Rangers, he played 46 regular season games and tallied 18 wins, 20 losses and 5 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 3.08 goals against average and a .890 save percentage. He failed to earn any shutouts during his time there. He then played one playoff game with them but lost.

After his time with the Rangers, he went on to play two seasons with the New Jersey Devils before retiring in 2009.

10 Kirk McLean

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Kirk McLean spent the last two seasons of his NHL career with the New York Rangers from 1999 to 2001. Prior to joining them, he played for the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers between 1985 and 1999. He had a pretty prominent eleven seasons with the Canucks and is ranked second among all of their goaltenders in franchise history with 211 wins. But unfortunately, after his time in Vancouver, he struggled in his career and failed to earn any more than 9 wins in a single season.

During his time with the Rangers, this goalie played a total of 45 regular season games and posted 15 wins, 18 losses and 5 ties, along with a 3.19 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. The Rangers failed to make the playoffs in both of McLean’s seasons with them. He then retired in 2001.

9 Jussi Markkanen

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Jussi Markkanen spent the majority of his five-year NHL career from 2001 to 2007 with the Edmonton Oilers with the exception of a short stint with the New York Rangers during the 2003-04 season.

This goalie began the 2003-04 season with the Rangers and played 26 games with them, tallying 8 wins (including 2 shutouts), 12 losses and 1 tie, along with a 2.56 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. Then in March 2004, the Rangers traded him back to the Oilers, along with Petr Nedved, in exchange for Dwight Helminen, Steve Valiquette and a second round draft pick.

He remained with the Oilers until 2007 and then he went overseas and played for several different European leagues including the Finnish and Swiss Leagues, as well as the KHL.

8 Steve Valiquette

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Steve Valiquette spent six seasons in the NHL between 1999-00 and 2009-10 but didn’t see much ice time. His career began with playing six games for the New York Islanders and one game with the Edmonton Oilers before joining the New York Rangers in March 2004.

He played a total of 39 regular season games with the Rangers between the 2003-04 and 2009-10 seasons, tallying 14 wins (including 4 shutouts), 14 losses and 5 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.78 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. He also appeared in two playoff games but failed to earn any wins.

In only two of his six NHL seasons did he play in over ten games – 13 games in 2007-08, followed by 15 games in 2008-09. After his time with the Rangers, he went overseas and played one year in the KHL and one season in Italy.

7 Martin Biron

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Martin Biron spent the last four years of his NHL career with the New York Rangers from 2010 to 2014. Prior to that, he played for the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders.

During his time with the Rangers, this goalie played a total of 46 regular season games and produced 22 wins (including 2 shutouts), 15 losses and 3 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.47 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. He did not appear in any playoff games with them.

He started out pretty good with them, having played a total of 38 games in his first two seasons with them, but only appeared in 8 games during his last two years. What’s more disappointing is the fact that he played in just two games during his last season in 2013-14 and had a 7.65 GAA. Shortly after that, he announced his retirement.

6 Mike Dunham

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Mike Dunham spent his first seven NHL seasons between the New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators between 1996-97 and 2002-03. Then in December 2002, he was sent to the New York Rangers in exchange for Tomas Kloucek, Rem Murray and the rights to Marek Zidlicky.

Dunham played a total of 100 regular season games with the Rangers between the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, recording 35 wins, 47 losses and 11 ties, along with a 2.70 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. He earned a total of seven shutouts during his time with New York, including 5 of them (5 shutouts in 19 wins) during the 2002-03 season. The Rangers, however, failed to make the playoffs in both of his seasons with them.

After his time with the Rangers, he went on to play one season each with the Atlanta Thrashers and New York Islanders before retiring in 2007.

5 Glenn Healy

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Glenn Healy spent four seasons with the New York Rangers from 1993 to 1997. Prior to that, he played for the Los Angeles Kings and New York Islanders.

During his time with the Rangers, this goalie played a total of 113 regular season games and recorded 40 wins (including 6 shutouts), 44 losses and 18 ties, along with a 2.79 goals against average and a .898 save percentage. He then played in 7 playoff games and tallied 2 wins. He helped the Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 1994.

After winning the Cup, he remained with the Rangers for three more seasons before moving on to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997 which is where he played the last four years of his career before retiring after the 2000-01 season.

4 Antti Raanta

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Antti Raanta spent the first two years of his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2013 to 2015. Then in June 2015, he was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Haggerty.

So far with the Rangers, this netminder has played 55 regular season games and earned 27 wins (including 5 shutouts), 14 losses and 4 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.25 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. He has appeared in three playoff games with them thus far, but has yet to earn a win.

During the 2016-17 season, he recorded career highs in games played (30), wins (16) and shutouts (4). He’s definitely proving to be an asset to the Rangers and still has one year remaining on his contract with them.

3 Cam Talbot

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After going undrafted, Cam Talbot signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in March 2010. He spent the first two seasons of his NHL career with them from 2013 to 2015. In fact, in his first 6 NHL games, he recorded 5 wins, including 2 shutouts.

During his time with the Rangers, this goaltender played a total of 57 regular season games and produced 33 wins (including 8 shutouts), 15 losses and 5 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.00 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. He then appeared in two playoff games, but failed to earn any wins.

In June 2015, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, along with a seventh round draft pick, in exchange for three draft picks (second, third, and seventh round picks). He remains a member of the Oilers to this very day.

2 Mike Richter

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Mike Richter spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the New York Rangers from 1989 to 2003. During that time the netminder played a total of 666 regular season games and produced 301 wins (including 24 shutouts), 258 losses and 73 ties, along with a 2.89 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. He also appeared in 76 playoff games and earned 41 wins including 9 shutouts. He helped the Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 1994.

He was only in his fifth season when they won the Cup. And that season in 1993-94 was the best one of his career with a record of 42-12-6 in 68 games played. He led all NHL goalies that year with his 42 wins. He then went on to spend nine more seasons with them. In 2009, he was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy which is given annually for showing outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

On February 4, 2004, the Rangers retired Richter’s number 35 jersey.

1 Henrik Lundqvist

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Henrik Lundqvist has spent his entire twelve-year NHL career thus far with the New York Rangers from 2005 to the current day.

So far in his career, this goaltender has played 742 regular season games and racked up 405 wins (including 61 shutouts), 249 losses and 76 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.32 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. He has also accumulated 22 assists during his career. He has appeared in 127 playoff games and earned 61 wins including 10 shutouts.

His best season was in 2011-12 when he racked up a very impressive 39 wins in 62 games and had an incredible 1.97 goals against average. In fact, that year in 2012 he was awarded the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie in the league.

Among all Rangers goalies in franchise history, Lundqvist holds the record for the most games played, wins and shutouts.

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