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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

Rick Nash (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rick Nash To Return To Rangers’ Lineup Against Bruins Tuesday Night

“I’m excited, kind of a controlled emotion,” Nash told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s been a long six weeks, so I’m excited to get in there.”

11/19/2013

Rick Nash (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: With Nash’s Return On Horizon, Rangers Must Take Play To New Level

Nash has not suited up for the Rangers since suffering a concussion in San Jose on October 8. The 29-year-old winger has skated for nine consecutive days.

11/18/2013

Nail Yakupov (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Could Be Ready To Roll Dice On Yakupov Blockbuster

Perhaps a package of Girardi, Miller, a minor-league forward and a combination of draft picks could be enough to sway MacTavish into parting with Yakupov.

11/06/2013

Alain Vigneault (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: The Rangers Need To Raise The Bar — Right Now

To come away with a victory over the mighty Pens, the Rangers must figure out how to add more of a cutting edge to their offensive game that was lacking against Anaheim.

11/05/2013

Chris Kreider (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Kreider Proving To Be A Lead Dog In Rangers’ Turnaround

Ever since his October 20 recall, Chris Kreider has been the Rangers’ most effective player on a nightly basis.

11/01/2013

Carl Hagelin (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Returning Hagelin Will Give Rangers A Significant Boost

While Hagelin’s inevitable Tuesday return will give the Rangers a significant lift, it’s clear that every man inside the locker room must accept their share of burden for the Rangers’ underwhelming 3-7-0 start.

10/29/2013

Ryan Callahan (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Must Prove They’re Strong Enough To Survive Injury Hell

On Thursday evening, the Rangers announced the discouraging news that their heart-and-soul captain is expected to miss three-to-four weeks due to a broken thumb.

10/18/2013

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers shoots the puck into the corner in the third period of their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Brad Richards Has Been Reborn Under Vigneault

The Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, on Monday night at Staples Center. Richards was front and center in Vigneault’s first victory as head coach of the Blueshirts as he scored two of three Rangers goals.

10/08/2013

Ryan Callahan (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Return Of Captain Callahan Comes At Crucial Time For Rangers

The return of Callahan’s inspirational and wholehearted play couldn’t come at a more important time. New York’s preseason slump carried into Thursday’s regular-season opener as it lost to the Coyotes, 4-1.

10/07/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) and Brad Richards  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Torts Has ‘Damaged’ Relationship With Richards; Regrets How It Played Out

“It kills me, it kills me,” Tortorella told TSN. “That kid there … that kid there, I grew up with him. I learned a lot from him in Tampa. We grew up together in Tampa. I don’t know where (the relationship) went.”

10/02/2013

Jaromir Jagr (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Report: Devils Agree To 1-Year Deal With Legendary Winger Jaromir Jagr

The Devils have reportedly lured a legend to New Jersey. According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Devils and Jaromir Jagr have agreed to a one-year contract.

07/22/2013

Brad Richards (credit: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Here To Stay: Rangers Decide Not To Buy Out Brad Richards

The Rangers announced on Friday that they will not use a compliance buyout on the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner, and he will be back with the team for the 2013-2014 campaign.

06/28/2013

Mark Messier (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Sather: ‘Disappointed’ Messier Unsure Of Future With Rangers After Being Passed Over

“I don’t really know what Mark is going to do,” general manager Glen Sather told the New York Post. “He was very disappointed when I called to tell him that we were going to hire Alain.”

06/20/2013

Carl Hagelin (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) and Ryan Callahan (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin Undergo Surgery To Repair Torn Labrums In Shoulders

Forwards Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin underwent surgery to repair torn labrums in their left shoulders. Both players will likely need 4-5 months to recover.

05/31/2013

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