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A 1-2 Punch That is Not Guaranteed

In the hockey world, there have been several instances where two players display great chemistry together.

Last season, the New York Rangers had hoped for that with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. Unfortunately, while they did play well together at times, they certainly did not do so on a consistent basis. While each player had solid seasons last year, they did so on different lines because when it came down to it, their talents did not work as well together as people hoped.

Unfortunately for the Blueshirts, this was also a problem in the postseason. With Gaborik scoring over 40 goals last season, many hoped and expected that Richards and Gaborik would find their groove together when it mattered most and it never ended up working out. Gaborik played hurt for much of the postseason and again, the two players found themselves on different lines.

With Rick Nash now in the fold, many will expect Richards and the former Columbus Blue Jacket to work together like clockwork. Nash can undoubtedly put the puck in the net and Richards is someone who knows how to set-up his teammates (41 assists last season).

For the Rangers, Nash and Richards will need to be the 1-2 punch for the start of next season. With Gaborik out of the lineup until November/December, the team needs to have guys that can put the puck the net and Nash needs to come in and be that guy with the help of Richards.

While many Blueshirt fans have dreamed about having Richards and Nash play on the same line, these same fans may want to simmer down their feelings somewhat and see how things work out. Developing chemistry is something that takes patience and time, which is something that may be Rangers’ had coach John Tortorella did not have with Richards and Gaborik last season.

It is definitely something exciting to think and something that could end up being a lethal combination for the Blueshirts. With that said, why don’t we let these two players get to know each other a bit better, practice on the same line at training camp and get in a few preseason games together on the same line before we hail Nash-Richards as the Eastern Conference’s best 1-2 punch.

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

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