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Richards joins Rangers mix for season of promise @NHL

NEW YORK (AP) - Since Brad Richards relocated to New York with a big free-agent deal, he has endured an earthquake and a hurricane.

Those might turn out to be the calm days if he and the Rangers stumble this season.

Richards was the big prize available when the NHL shopping season started on July 1, and the Rangers landed him with a nine-year, $60 million contract that was reminiscent of their big-spending ways before the salary cap. The money will be considered very well spent if the skilled playmaking center clicks with top forward Marian Gaborik, who is looking to get back to his 40-goal days.

In their preseason debut as teammates and linemates, Richards and Gaborik both scored a goal with an assist from the other.

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