Sean Hartnett

Kevin Hayes of the New York Rangers celebrates his first NHL goal at 7:18 of the third period against the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden on October 19, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rookie Kevin Hayes Is Impressing Rangers With His Veteran Poise

Even though Hayes is fresh out of college and only four games into his NHL career, head coach Alain Vigneault is impressed with Hayes’ poise with the puck and intelligent decision-making.


Rick Nash of the New York Rangers scores the game-winning goal against Anton Khudobin of the Carolina Hurricanes in a 2-1 shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes during their game at Madison Square Garden on October 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Red-Hot Rick Nash Is The Man With The Midas Touch

Nash has been an ever-present force, extinguishing any concerns that his $7.8 million annual salary through the 2017-18 season would be a burden on the Blueshirts.


Goalie Jaroslav Halak, left, and John Tavares, second from left, of the Islanders celebrate their 6-3 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 14, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Are Suffering Through A Full-Blown Defensive Crisis

Had John Tortorella still been coaching the Rangers, turnover-prone defenseman Mike Kostka would have been glued to the bench for the rest of Tuesday night’s 6-3 loss to the rival Islanders. As it were, Alain Vigneault had other ideas.


Rangers forward Rick Nash. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: New Father Nash Looks To Continue Hot Start When Rangers Play Isles

Rick Nash’s early season resurgence on the ice has coincided with joy off the ice. On Monday, his wife, Jessica, delivered a healthy baby boy named McLaren.


Rangers forward Chris Kreider (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: If Top Line Does Its Job, Rangers Can Survive Rash Of Injuries

On Thursday night, the Rangers entered a rowdy building in St. Louis and emerged as the victors thanks to a bit of magic from their top line. It will have to continue.


Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Matching Last Season’s Success Won’t Be Easy For New-Look Rangers

Last season, the Rangers surprised many by reaching their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994. The 2014-15 Rangers have more of a youthful look after a number of familiar faces moved on to new teams.


P.K. Subban (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) and Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Sean Hartnett’s 2014-15 NHL Season Preview And Stanley Cup Prediction

Hockey is back! Now, let’s take a look at each team and their prospects for the 2014-15 season.


Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers looks to pass against the Chicago Blackhawks during a preseason game at the United Center on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Ryan McDonagh Was Easy And Obvious Choice To Lead Rangers

“We all kind of knew Mac’s a real young leader on this team,” Girardi said. “He’s only going to get better. He was the definite choice to lead us as captain and lead us in the right direction.”


Rangers forward Anthony Duclair skates against the Flyers on Sept. 30, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Duclair To Start With Rangers, But He’ll Only Stay If He Performs

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed after Monday’s practice that Anthony Duclair will make his debut on Thursday against the Blues in St. Louis.


Anthony Duclair #63 of the New York Rangers takes the puck as R.J. Umberger #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers defends on September 30, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Expect Young Sensation Anthony Duclair To Stick With The Rangers

His poise, maturity, natural confidence and willingness to battle has greatly impressed head coach Alain Vigneault, his coaching staff and veteran teammates.


Anthony Duclair #63 of the New York Rangers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on September 29, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Outstanding Anthony Duclair Will Force Rangers To Make Tough Decision

19-year-old winger Anthony Duclair created a real buzz inside the famous walls of Madison Square Garden during Monday night’s 6-3 preseason exhibition victory over the rival Philadelphia Flyers.


Martin St. Louis (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Martin St. Louis Continues To Defy Age, Inspire Younger Rangers

St. Louis isn’t just making sure that his body stays ahead of the curve at 39. He’s meticulous about every detail during training camp.


Derek Stepan (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Stepan Injury Forces Examination Of Rangers’ Questionable Center Depth

The injury further compounds the Blueshirts’ already questionable situation at center.


Lee Stempniak (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Ex-Penguins Glass And Stempniak Are Hoping To Win Over Rangers Fans

Two former Penguins forwards looking to impress their new set of fans are veteran forwards Tanner Glass and Lee Stempniak.


Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle hits the ice following team photo day in early September. (Photo: Sean Hartnett/

Hartnett: Power Play Maestro Dan Boyle Fired Up To Be A Ranger

After taking part in his first practice under new head coach Alain Vigneault on Friday, Boyle spoke of his desire to remain at the top his game and deliver in New York.