1:54PM: Pierre LeBrun writes at ESPN.com that Brad Richards’ agent has not been told one-way or the other if Richards will be bought out.
Vingeault says that he knows Richards a little bit from when he was coaching in PEI, where Richards is from, during the 2004-05 lockout.
Richards would skate with Vigneault’s team and then take some players aside and work with them.
Vigneault said that he wanted to reach out to Richards and see how he was doing after the tough end to the season that he had. Friedman notes that even with Vigneault reaching out, there is still no indication on whether the Rangers will use a compliance buyout on Richards.
Richards said earlier this week that he hasn’t heard anything about his future.
THIS SECTION is about a Richards buyout.
Adam Rotter: With the risk of injury, as Minnesota and San Jose have seen with Dany Heatly and Martin Havlat, there is every reason to think that it’s the safer move to cut ties with Richards now and not have to worry about an injury next year or the cap-recapture issues that come into play if he stays with the Rangers and retires early. We could know as early as tomorrow what the Rangers plans are with Richards or it could take a week.