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Sean Hartnett

Dominic Moore of the New York Rangers speaks after winning the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy during the 2014 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on June 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Masterton Winner Dominic Moore’s Story Captures Spirit Of NY

Sometimes, people are meant to be in a certain place. That was the case for Moore. Coming back to New York brought healing after he had gone through hell.

06/25/2014

Paul Stastny (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Hartnett: The Rangers Must Go All-In On Free-Agent Target Paul Stastny

Losing Stralman and Boyle would be jagged pills to swallow, but freeing up cap space to sign a center of Stastny’s caliber is the Rangers’ No. 1 need.

06/24/2014

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard acknowledges the fans after a 2-2 draw in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match against Portugal on June 22, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Despite Heartbreaker, U.S. In Good Position To Advance At World Cup

Soccer can sometimes be the cruelest of sports. In the blink of an eye, everything changed for a U.S. team that had seemingly punched its ticket to the knockout stage.

06/23/2014

Ryan McDonagh (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: All Signs Point To Ryan McDonagh Becoming Rangers’ Next Captain

McDonagh appears to be a captain in waiting. He has become a more vocal leader with age and experience.

06/17/2014

The New York Rangers bench looks on during the Stanley Cup playoffs. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s Rangers Offseason Preview: Who Stays And Who Goes?

The Rangers took their fans on an incredible ride that was equally unexpected and unforgettable. Now the page immediately turns to preparations for next season.

06/16/2014

Anton Stralman makes the stop against Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 11, 2014. The Rangers defeated the Kings 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Anton Stralman Finally Gets Recognition He Deserves

No NY defenseman has been more consistent throughout the entirety of the playoffs. But holding on to him after the Stanley Cup finals could prove difficult.

06/13/2014

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fear Drove Lundqvist To Summon His Best, Keeping Rangers Alive

“We didn’t want to see the Cup coming out on our home ice,” Lundqvist said. “Just the thought of it would make me sick.”

06/12/2014

Head coach Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers talks with the media after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime during Game One of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Are In Excellent Hands Long-Term Under Vigneault

This is just the beginning. Vigneault’s roster will continue to evolve into one that is geared toward executing his uptempo philosophies.

06/11/2014

Brad Richards (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Richards Is Making Buyout An Easy Call For Rangers

Look no further than alternate captain Brad Richards as the main reason why the Rangers’ power play has fizzled. His overall game has disintegrated during the finals.

06/10/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers celebrates with teammates Anton Stralman #6, Derek Dorsett #15, Carl Hagelin #62 and Dominic Moore #28 after McDonagh scores a first-period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during Game Two of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Are Far From Done; Their Biggest Strength Is Resiliency

Whenever the Rangers have reached what appears to be their breaking point, they have found a way of turning their emotion into a rallying spirit and driven focus.

06/09/2014

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

Hartnett: Rangers Wouldn’t Have Reached Final Without Spirit Of St. Louis

With the Rangers facing a 1-0 series deficit ahead of Game 2, there is no skater more valuable on this team than St. Louis because of the collection of experiences he’s acquired and his willingness to dispense advice.

06/06/2014

Rick Nash during Game 1 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Need Slumping Star Rick Nash To Find His Game ASAP

It’s one thing to get by the Flyers, Penguins and Canadiens without consistent contributions from No. 61. The Kings are a different kind of animal, as we saw in Game 1.

06/05/2014

Mats Zuccarello (Photo by Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Zuccarello Carries Hopes Of Growing Hockey Nation On His Back

Zuccarello is only one of seven Norwegians who have played in the NHL, and he’s set to shatter all records held by a Norwegian.

06/04/2014

The Los Angeles Kings celebrate after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime in Game Seven to win the Western Conference Final in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Bigger, Sharper Kings Will Defeat Rangers In Stanley Cup Final

The Kings have more brute strength, bite and snarl to their game than the Rangers. They’re loaded with scorers and possess an electric power play.

06/03/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers battles for the puck against Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Old-School Ryan McDonagh Has Been ‘Mr. Everything’ For Rangers

Everything about Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh is old-school. At 24, McDonagh is only in the infancy of his career, but he’s always emitted a veteran aura.

06/02/2014

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