Richards, Gaborik developing chemistry for Rangers

It was just the Rangers’ first exhibition game, only the first time Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik played together against what coach John Tortorella likes to call, “different colors,” but there’s little doubt that the elite dispatcher and world-class sniper are going to combine to present a world of trouble for opponents.

Richards will carry the puck. Gaborik will look for seams and to jump into openings. The left wing on the first line — a true blue first line the club has lacked since Tortorella arrived two-thirds of the way through 2008-09 — will be a complementary piece, whether it’s Wojtek Wolski or a forward to named later.

“When Richie has the puck, he’s always looking. We worked a few give-and-go’s and created chances at even strength and on the power play,” said Gaborik, who scored a power play goal and had an even-strength assist on a Richards’ goal in the Rangers’ 4-3 victory over the Devils in New Jersey last night. “It was only the first game and obviously we have things to work on, but I thought it was good.”

Gaborik won’t carry the puck as much he has been accustomed to throughout his career. That job will fall to Richards, who admitted that he needs to play himself into regular-season game shape.

“That will be a little bit of an adjustment, but I’m going to try to get lost when he’s carrying it,” Gaborik said. “If I get open, I know the puck will be on my stick and if guys are on me, he will find the open man.”

Wolski, who has completed the trio through most of camp, had an average night. Tortorella repeated that he would look at a other options on the left, but with the way thing are falling at least at the moment, that seems the most logical alignment to start the season.

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14 Responses to Richards, Gaborik developing chemistry for Rangers

  1. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Everyone is over looking the Rangers this year, how a team that made the biggest UFA acquisition get over looked is beyond me.

    If the Leafs had this roster people would be talking Stanley Cup.

  2. FlamingHomer says:

    That should be a story about how Richards and IGINLA have developed some chemistry. Oh well, at least Feaster tried.

  3. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    everytime i hear something good about richards and gaborik i cringe… what we almost had but yet wasnt even close lol

  4. Leafs_Wallace says:

    What's it like having a GM that actually cares about his fanbase?

  5. alpalstewart says:

    i have them as a play-off team but not a contender. i'm thankfull thought that the rangers only play my oilers 2 times in a year lol, every team has a line that has a wikked game, remember its pre-seasonj. and gaborik and richards are both 60 games a year players. that 20 games without them

  6. hockey_lover says:

    I guess for me .. Ive seen the Rangers be the "big winner" in the off season and still not get much results.

    Gretzky. Fleury/Bure. Jagr. Drury/Gomez. Gaborik.  It seems like every couple of years, the Rangers make a big UFA splash or some huge trade. And since their cup win (16 seasons)

    8  –  times they have missed the playoffs
    3  –  times they have lots in the first round
    1  –  time they have made it to the conference finals

    Im not bashing them at all. Im just saying .. its hard to get all "wow, the Rangers threw around a lot of money and made a big splash," when we have seen them do it before with very little results.

    They have uber stud Lundqvist in goal. They have a ridiculous 1st line and a relatively balanced offense. Their problem is defense.  When your #1 guy is Marc Staal .. while really good, is kinda sad. In a few years, the core of Staal, Girardi, Del Zotto will be pretty sweet. But right now? Meh. It doesnt inspire much confidence. Luckily, they have Henrik behind them or they'd be sunk.

  7. FlamingHomer says:

    That is definitely one difference but the biggest one is that Feaster has a broader sense of what talent is. With Sutter you needed to be big and from the West before you were even considered NHL material.
    It's still very early but Feaster has seemed to have made some good decisions. There has been some head-scratchers in there as well though.

  8. reinjosh says:

    I'm impressed so far. Some weird moves sure, but more the one's you have to wait and see if they work. 

    Baerstchi is looking like a smart pick, and Feaster targeting Byron is looking like a really smart move. The guy is looking killer. 
  9. FlamingHomer says:

    I was quite surprised how he was able to wiggle out of "Cap Jail" that D. Sutter put the team in. I thought for sure it would have to be next year with all the expiring contracts.
    Now they can be buyers at the trade deadline if necessary.
    I just wish he placed a higher value on the 5-7 round picks as he seems too willingly to give those up for players he could easily get on waivers.

  10. JoelLeafs says:

    Gaborik, Richards, lundqvist: any of these guys go down the team is suddenly several spots behind in the standings. I think they were finally starting to develop a team around some developing young forwards (Callahan, Dubs, Anisimov, Zuccarello, and maybe even Christensen), and then they revert to signing huge FAs. Just when I though they had kicked that habit… 

    The Richards signing shows the young guys were they stand in the organization. Takes ice time away from the C's, and others by way of special teams mins. 
    Everything could go right for them this year. They could go a few rounds deep in the playoffs. But more realistically, they lose one of the above mentioned guys to injury, or simple ineffectiveness and they either just miss or exit in the first round. 
  11. hockey_lover says:

    Yeah they COULD go deep in the playoffs. But until I see it, meh, whatever. They are like the San Jose Sharks (just not nearly as good). So much promise every year yet so much disappointment. Same with the Rangers. Every couple of years, they make a big splash and everyone starts on the Rangers bandwagon .. and nothing comes of it.

  12. thisgamewelose says:

    One of the dumbest post I've read in quite some time.  The Rangers lacked a top center, so whether it was Richards or somebody else, they needed to sign a center.  Yes, they developed a pretty good core with Callahan, Stepan Dubinksy, Boyle, and Anisimov, but none of them can play top line center. Will the Richards contract blow up in their face? Maybe. But to say the deal is bad because it takes away ice time from the younger players is simply retarded. 

  13. blaze says:

    Agree. Did Redden, Gomez or Drury contracts blow up in Sather's face? Nope, Sather can move or bury contracts as fast as he can sign em.

  14. Boston_Bruins says:

    I could definitely see the Rangers doing some major damage this year. Their D hardly ever gets any credit because of Lundqvist, but that's one of the best units in the league.

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