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Let's be real for a second, aside from all the "Reunited and it feels so good," storybook sort of stuff, Carter and Richards haven't been all that impressive as a tandem.
While they definitely had an impact on the post-season of last year, they had some less than stellar games at the end of last season and have started out 2013 flat as year-old opened soda.
It's also important to remember that Carter and Richards, although teammates in Philadelphia, didn't really play on the same line or even with the same roles within the team. Richards, for all intents and purposes, acted as a third-line shutdown center who had that rare offensive upside. Cue the Bobby Clarke comparisons.
Carter on the other hand, was a top-six forward desired for one thing: Scoring. He often centered the second line and was rarely used in any facet of a shutdown role, except when he killed the occasional penalty with the Flyers.
I know it's all good and well that the former "reject" Flyer boys were reunited to win hockey's ultimate prize in dramatic fashion, but you have to be asking yourself right now: Are they really that good together? Would they be better off separate? Ala Brown and Kopitar circa 2007-09?
I'm not saying get rid of one of them. It just might be good to let Carter become Carter and Richards become Richards instead of having it be "Carter and Richards" all the time.