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Mats Zuccarello (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Winger Mats Zuccarello Has Become A Full-Blown Star

Zuccarello is giving the Rangers a tremendous bang for their buck in a season where Derek Stepan, Brad Richards and Rick Nash are playing below their typical levels of production.

12/30/2013

Cam Talbot (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Red-Hot Talbot To Make Third Straight Start For Rangers

Cam Talbot has been great, but there’s no such thing as a goalie controversy when Henrik Lundqvist recently received a seven-year, $59.5 million extension.

12/27/2013

Rick Nash (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Problems Run Far Deeper Than Nash’s Production Issues

Let’s be clear. Rick Nash needs to raise his game. One goal in seven games isn’t cutting it, yet to call Nash “soft” and “invisible” and to the throw all the blame on Nash is neither fair nor accurate.

12/21/2013

Carl Hagelin (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Speedster Carl Hagelin Deserves A Top-6 Role

Electric winger Carl Hagelin is a player who head coach Alain Vigneault should be leaning on to pull the Rangers out of the muck.

12/19/2013

The Rangers’ Benoit Pouliot, left, celebrates his shoot out goal against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 15, 2013. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Are The Dark Days Over? Rangers Will Find Out Soon Enough

For the Blueshirts, it’s all about feeling. How far can that good feeling take them? We’ll find out soon enough. The Rangers host the rival Penguins on Wednesday.

12/16/2013

The Rangers’ Derek Dorsett , bottom, is checked by Victor Bartley of the Predators during the second period at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 10, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Season Hinges On Sather Listening To His Coach

Alain Vigneault is lost at sea and his team is sinking like a stone. Now sitting below NHL .500 at 15-16-1, the Rangers need Glen Sather to throw their new head coach a life preserver.

12/11/2013

Marc Staal (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers: Staal Suffered Concussion But Is Already Feeling Better

It appears that Marc Staal and the Rangers have dodged a pretty significant bullet.

12/10/2013

Head coach Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers leaves the ice following a 4-1 defeat by the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Lacking Firepower And Bite, Must Rise To A.V.’s Challenge

If you’re not a skilled team or a physical team, what are you? The answer is a blindingly mediocre team. Right now, the 15-15-1 Rangers are lacking any sliver of identity under head coach Alain Vigneault.

12/09/2013

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Put In Dismal Performance, Lose 4-1 To Capitals At MSG

The Rangers were trounced 4-1 by the Capitals at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

12/08/2013

Marc Staal (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Sweating Over Likely Staal Concussion

Marc Staal is one of the league’s foremost shutdown defenseman. Unless the Rangers receive an unexpected stroke of luck, they will need to figure out how to cope with losing Staal for an extended period of time.

12/08/2013

J.T. Miller of the New York Rangers (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Must Give Promising Forward J.T. Miller A Legit Shot

J.T. Miller clearly believes in his own abilities. That’s a very healthy asset for a 20-year-old trying to cement a place on an NHL roster.

12/07/2013

Henrik Lundqvist #30 and Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: With Lundqvist Extension Done, Sather Must Arm Rangers For Cup Run

With Henrik Lundqvist’s extension completed, Glen Sather is going to need to get very creative to supply the goaltender with the talent required for a legitimate Stanley Cup run.

12/05/2013

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Lundqvist Gets His Wish With Extension, Likely Will Be ‘Ranger For Life’

According to a report, the deal is for seven years and $59.5 million. The new contract would make Lundqvist the highest-paid goalie in the league starting in the 2014-15 season.

12/04/2013

Cam Talbot (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Talbot To Start Second Consecutive Game For Rangers, Lundqvist Sits

Henrik Lundqvist will have to wait his turn. Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault announced that Cam Talbot will start in goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.

12/02/2013

Glen Sather of the New York Rangers (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lackluster Rangers Will Force Sather To Start Dealing

The Rangers’ lack of a cutting edge is essentially forcing general manager Glen Sather to make a move.

11/26/2013

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