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Sean Hartnett

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

Hartnett: Be Patient, Rangers Fans — The St. Louis Trade Will Pay Off

Alain Vigneault has admitted that Martin St. Louis is pressing. Not to worry. Once St. Louis gets comfortable, he will ignite the Rangers’ attack.

03/14/2014

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stops a shot in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lundqvist Seems Destined To One Day Win Stanley Cup With Rangers

Every time Henrik Lundqvist pulls on his goalie mask, he’s carrying the hopes and dreams of Rangers fans on his back.

03/10/2014

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

Hartnett: St. Louis Wows New Rangers Teammates With Knowledge, Work Ethic

As the Rangers prepare for their second game following the Martin St. Louis-Ryan Callahan megatrade, head coach Alain Vigneault wants his team to quickly move past any lingering side effects.

03/07/2014

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

Hartnett: Rangers Lose Heart And Soul, But Change The Game With St. Louis

It was a move the Rangers had to make. Hockey royalty has arrived at Madison Square Garden in the form of ageless 38-year-old winger Martin St. Louis.

03/06/2014

Ryan Callahan (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Teammates Hoping Cally Sticks Around Past Deadline

Kevin Klein is hoping that Callahan remains in New York, but understands why his former OHL teammate is playing hardball with the Rangers on a new contract.

03/05/2014

Ryan Callahan (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hartnett: What’s Ryan Callahan’s True Motivation? We’ll Soon Find Out

What motivates Ryan Callahan more? Maximum dollars or the opportunity to remain an integral component of a Rangers team that has every chance of competing for the Stanley Cup in the present and coming years?

03/03/2014

Dan Girardi (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Defenseman Dan Girardi Is Hopeful New Deal Will Be Struck

“We’ll see what happens,” Girardi said. “We’ll be working here in the next few days, hopefully, and try to bang something out here, but in the meantime I’ll just be all business and go about my job.”

02/28/2014

Ryan Callahan (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images);  Dan Girardi (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Callahan Is All But Gone, But Girardi Is Likely To Remain With Rangers

Long before the clock strikes 3 p.m. on NHL trade deadline day, Rangers fans will have to accept a harsh reality: Their organization values top-pairing defenseman Dan Girardi more than captain Ryan Callahan. And rightfully so.

02/26/2014

Martin St. Louis (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images); Ryan Callahan (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lightning Would Be Crazy To Deal St. Louis For Callahan Straight-Up

Yzerman would receive a tremendous amount of heat from Lightning fans if he breaks up the successful Stamkos-St. Louis partnership.

02/24/2014

Team USA forward Phil Kessel, right celebrates with Joe Pavelski. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Redemption Or Heartbreak? Drama Dialed Up For US-Canada Rematch

It’s the rematch the entire hockey world has been waiting for. The U.S. will have a chance to bury some nasty demons on Friday when it faces border-rival Canada in the Olympic semifinals.

02/20/2014

Team USA forward Phil Kessel, right celebrates with Joe Pavelski. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Young Legs Will Carry USA Past Czech Republic In Quarterfinals

The United States wanted to set a tone in the preliminary round of the Olympic ice hockey tournament for a reason. The Americans knew a bye into the quarters was a must.

02/18/2014

T.J. Oshie scores a shootout goal at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 15, 2014 in Sochi. (Photo credit: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

Hartnett: With An Effort For The Ages, Oshie Now The Talk Of Sochi

Shootouts tend to be an uneventful solution to settle non-elimination games that remain deadlocked following one overtime period. Not Saturday. T.J. Oshie and others saw to that.

02/15/2014

Alexander Ovechkin (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) and Jonathan Quick (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: U.S.-Russia Should Be Everything You Would Expect — And More

If the United States’ victory over Slovakia on Thursday can be considered a breeze, Saturday morning’s showdown with host nation Russia will be a stern examination of the medal prospects for both teams.

02/14/2014

Phil Kessel moves in on Justin Faulk, right, during a Team USA practice at Bolshoy Arena on Feb. 10, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Team USA Should Handle Injury-Ravaged Slovakia In Olympic Opener

It will be crucial for the U.S. to get off to a flying start in their opening game against Slovakia, as the top four teams at the end of the preliminary round will automatically advance to the quarterfinals.

02/12/2014

Ryan Callahan #24 of Team USA practices on day three of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Arena on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Preview — How Far Can Team USA Go?

Major injuries and the larger European ice surface have added a further element of unpredictability to the already difficult task of forecasting the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in the men’s Olympic ice hockey tournament.

02/11/2014

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