In the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Encounter at Farpoint", we have this dialog (and diapath):
TROI [OC]: Do you remember what I taught you, Imzadi? Can you still sense my thoughts?
TROI: A pleasure, Commander.
RIKER: Likewise, Counsellor.
PICARD: Have the two of you met before?
RIKER: We have, sir.
PICARD: Excellent. I consider it important for my key officers know each other's abilities.
(They step into the turbolift)
TROI: We do, sir. We do.
TROI [OC]: I, too, would never say goodbye, Imzadi.
And thereafter this is unceremoniously dropped. But there is still telepathy commonly, most notably between Troi and her mother.
Why did the producers abandon the link between Troi and Riker?
(I see no obvious reason this would be a hinderance to good storytelling, and in fact, I think it could have been a productive one.)