McKenzie notes that the team wants to see if Alain Vigneault can push the right buttons and have Richards return to form.
In the NY Post, earlier this week, Larry Brooks wrote that Vigneault's system of defense will likely release Richards from much of the work deep in the defensive zone and allow him more opportunity to get the puck and create in open ice.
Richards has seven more years left on his contract and a cap hit of $6.67 million per season
For more information on the Rangers potentially buying Richards out, CLICK HERE.
The buyout period starts 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final ends and concludes on July 5.