Brad Richards

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

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, blocks a shot by the Kings’ Tanner Pearson during a preseason game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s Fearless 2013-14 NHL Regular Season & Stanley Cup Predictions

The new NHL comes to life when the puck drops on Tuesday night. Four brand spanking new divisions (some with geographically confusing names) will be introduced. From there, it should be chaos as usual.

10/01/2013

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault ((Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images); Canucks head coach John Tortorella (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault Will Win Over Rangers Fans By Being The Anti-Torts

So begins hockey’s version of “Trading Places.” Two opposite personalities in Vigneault and Tortorella are thrown directly into each other’s former worlds.

09/26/2013

Marek Hrivik (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Predicting The Rangers’ Opening-Night Roster

A number of prospects including Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo and Connor Allen could crack the Rangers’ opening-night roster.

09/25/2013

Glen Sather (L) and Alain Vigneault (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Season Preview: Rangers HC Alain Vigneault Brings Softer Tone To MSG

The message from the New York Rangers’ bench might not be any different from in years past. The tone in which it is delivered most likely will be.

09/24/2013

Derek Stepan (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Sather’s Bully Tactics Could Prolong Stepan Negotiations

There’s zero chance that Glen Sather’s bully tactics will accelerate stalled talks with restricted free-agent center Derek Stepan.

09/24/2013

Danny Kristo of the New York Rangers crashes the net against Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils during a preseason game at the Prudential Center on September 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Schneider Immediately Endears Himself To Devils Fans In Win Over Rangers

Cory Schneider’s competitive start to his Devils career couldn’t have gone more swimmingly.

09/17/2013

Mats Zuccarello (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Zuccarello Finally Has Chance To Make Good On Potential

Zuccarello showed Rangers fans the clearest indication of his staying power when he returned from the KHL at the back end of last season.

07/30/2013

Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Expect Michael Del Zotto To Be Odd Man Out In Rangers’ Plans

With the start of free agency looming on Friday, the Rangers should be looking to shed salary in order to get in on the action.

07/03/2013

Seth Jones, Nathan MacKinnon, Darnell Nurse and Jonathan Drouin at Game Three of the Stanley Cup Final at the TD Garden. (Photo by Gail Oskin/Getty Images)

Hartnett: 2013 NHL Draft Will Have Its Share Of Intrigue And Surprises

Big trades could dominate Sunday’s 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center in Newark.

06/29/2013

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

Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) and Brad Richards of the New York Rangers (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lecavalier Buyout Impacts Chances Of Richards-Rangers Breakup

First, it was the Philadelphia Flyers announcing Briere’s buyout, then the Lightning sending Lecavalier packing. Are the Rangers ready to break up with Brad Richards?

06/27/2013

Alain Vigneault (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Silverman: Vigneault Needs To Look At Blackhawks For New Rangers Game Plan

Vigneault needs to do what comes naturally for him, and that means developing offensive creativity on a team that’s been nearly bereft of that commodity.

06/26/2013

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