Brett Cyrgalis wrote in the NY Post that Richards struggled to help the Ranger,s struggled to contribute offense and made some "glaring defensive gaffes." (NY Post)
The Rangers could use their final compliance buyout on Richards. The buyout period starts 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final ends.
Larry Brooks writes that Richards is likely coming to the end of his Rangers career. (NY Post)
THIS SECTION is all about a potential Richards buyout.
Adam Rotter: The idea of buying Richards out after he had a better season was not something that made a lot of sense to me but as the playoffs have gone on and he has been both good and bad, I do think the team will ultimately buy him out when that window opens up. Richards has been a big part of this playoff run but most of his impact seems to be felt off the ice and not as much on it. He has had some good moments in the playoffs but hasn't been the player the Rangers need him to be, especially as the games have gotten more important. I wish they could find a way to keep him but it just doesn't seem likely. Richards lasting impact with the Rangers will be felt in the players like Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider who will continue to grow and take what he has taught them and pass that on to the next group of Rangers.