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Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers (R) celebrates his game-winning goal in the third period along with Ryan McDonagh #27 (L) and Martin St. Louis #26 (C) in Game 1 of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Center Brad Richards Has Turned Back The Clock At 33

Expect Richards to continue putting in spirited performances and chipping in key goals and assists. At 33, Richards has turned back the clock.

04/18/2014

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Ready To Begin Stanley Cup Quest Against Bitter Rival Flyers

It doesn’t matter if these longtime rivals are in the Patrick, Atlantic, or newly formed Metropolitan Division, when New York and Philadelphia clash, it is every bit of a backyard brawl.

04/17/2014

Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers (R) celebrates his game-winning goal at 18:18 of the third period along with Raphael Diaz #4 (L) against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on April 10, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Battle With Flyers Just First Step For Much-Improved Rangers

This time, the Rangers are not burdened by an overbearing coach who specialized in wearing down his players instead of building them up.

04/16/2014

Brad Richards, No. 19, celebrates his goal with his teammates during the Rangers’ game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on April 8, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Are Equipped To Handle Key Injuries Heading Into Playoffs

The big fear among the Rangers’ fan base is whether the Blueshirts are built to handle the possibility of essential defenseman Ryan McDonagh and emerging winger Chris Kreider missing the start of the playoffs. As I see it, have no fear.

04/09/2014

Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers celebrates his third-period goal with teammates Benoit Pouliot #67 and Derick Brassard #16 against the Senators on January 18, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello Has Been Rangers’ True No. 1 Line

Glen Sather understandably has plenty important tasks to address in the offseason. One of them is keeping the Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello line intact for seasons to come.

04/03/2014

Glen Sather (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Like Him Or Not, Sather Has Been A Shrewd GM For Rangers

The “Fire Sather” chants that were once commonplace have gone all but silent in recent years. Perhaps, Rangers fans are finally realizing that his successes far outweigh his blunders.

03/20/2014

Head coach Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: The Rangers On The Brink Of A Collapse? Not So Fast

Sunday’s deflating 1-0 defeat to San Jose might lead Rangers fans to the conclusion that their team is teetering on the edge of a cliff. It’s understandable why some fans are fearing the worst. But the glass is still half full.

03/17/2014

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

John Tortorella, head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, looks on against the New York Rangers in his first game back at Madison Square Garden on November 30, 2013. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Silverman: Surprise, Surprise! Tortorella Scuffling While Rangers Have Hope

The Rangers at least have some hope with Alain Vigneault behind the bench. The Canucks have none of that with John Tortorella, whose head coaching career is almost certainly in its final weeks.

03/12/2014

Martin St. Louis (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) and Ryan Callahan (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Rangers Trade Captain Callahan, Picks To Lightning For St. Louis

Ryan Callahan couldn’t find common ground on a new contract with the Rangers, and now he’s bound for Tampa Bay.

03/05/2014

Ryan Callahan (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Sather, Don’t Play With Fire; Trade Callahan Before Olympics Freeze

Barring a sudden breakthrough in negotiations, the Rangers must trade captain Ryan Callahan before Friday’s 3 p.m. roster freeze. If they don’t, they are taking a huge risk.

02/04/2014

Ryan Callahan (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Ryan Callahan Must Lower His Demands To Remain With The Rangers

If Ryan Callahan’s comments can be taken at face value, his desire is to remain with the only organization he’s ever known.

02/01/2014

Alain Vigneault (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault’s Rangers Are Striking The Right Balance

The Rangers are getting contributions from different players on different nights. This isn’t a team that is reliant on Rick Nash taking over a game. The wealth of goal-scoring is being evenly distributed.

01/30/2014

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: 7 Ways That Rangers’ Vigneault Is Proving His Worth

It’s taken some growing pains, but the Rangers have finally figured out Vigneault’s possession-based uptempo system, which requires intensive skating, crisp, intricate passing and defensemen understanding when to join the attack.

01/21/2014

Chris Kreider (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Winger Chris Kreider Is Separating Himself In Calder Race

Dynamic Rangers winger Chris Kreider is starting to separate himself from the pack in a crowded Calder Trophy race.

01/13/2014

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