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Brad Richards (19) has had a down year compared to years past.
Entering the season, a line featuring Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash would have been considered one of the most dangerous in the league. And while Nash and Gaborik have fared OK in an up-and-down season for the New York Rangers, Richards has slumped a bit.
This is a guy who has two 91-point seasons on his resume, as well as four other 70-plus totals. And playing alongside gifted attackers like Gaborik and Nash ought to make one's job pretty easy. But it hasn't quite worked out that way.
The Rangers as a whole have struggled, currently sitting in 8th in the Eastern Conference after being the top seed last season. And the offense's struggles in particular are puzzling given their talent, having scored fewer goals than the often-anemic Panthers.
Richards' 13 points so far are poor considering his pedigree, and his two goals are disappointing considering he's scored 20 or more in every full season he's played since the 2004-05 lockout. Additionally, his current shooting percentage of .045 would be the lowest such mark of his career.
It's been a down year for the Rangers compared to where they were just a year ago. And Richards is in the midst of perhaps his worst year as a pro.