Hartnett: Rangers Challenging Girardi To Rebound From Poor SeasonRangers alternate captain Dan Girardi endured the rockiest campaign of his decade-long NHL career last season.
Hartnett: Rangers Must Focus On Reshaping Underperforming DefenseThe Rangers enter the offseason in an unfamiliar situation. A deflating first-round exit to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins has paved the way for a total roster re-evaluation.
Rangers' Lundqvist A Game-Time Decision, Girardi OutHenrik Lundqvist, who took a teammate's stick to the eye Wednesday night, was the first Rangers player on the ice for practice Friday.
Hartnett: With Girardi A Liability, Rangers Need To Give McIlrath A ShotDylan McIlrath had by all measure a very good rookie season, yet he was the odd man out when the Rangers began their first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Hartnett: Under Pressure, Rangers' Girardi Elevating His GameSay what you'd like about Dan Girardi's first half, but it wasn't pretty. But season after season, the veteran defenseman finds a way to raise his performance in the second half and get his game on track before the playoffs.
At The Break: Rangers Skating In Place A Bit, And That Must StopThrough 49 games, the Rangers have baffled their fans with maddening swings of inconsistency.
Hartnett: With No Help Coming, Rangers Must Dig Themselves Out Of RutOne step forward, one step back. That's been the story of the post-Thanksgiving Rangers -- a team that has yet to remedy recurring issues nearly halfway through the season.
Hartnett: Rangers Need The Real Dan Girardi To ReemergeWill the real Dan Girardi please stand up? If the Rangers are to live up to expectations, they're going to need a return to form from their 31-year-old shutdown man.
Hartnett: Memo To Rangers: You're Not As Good As Your Record SaysWednesday's bad loss to Montreal on home ice should serve as a wake-up call for a team that hasn't played as well as their Metropolitan Division-leading 16-4-2 record indicates.
Hartnett: Criticism Of Rangers' Go-To D-Man Girardi Is OverblownAfter recently finding himself on the receiving end of criticism from head coach Alain Vigneault, Rangers alternate captain Dan Girardi responded in a big way.
Hartnett: Rangers Aren't Pressing Panic Button And Neither Should YouWhen the Rangers find themselves in a hole, they grab a shovel and dig their way out. That's always been the trademark of this team under Alain Vigneault.
Hartnett: Rangers' Girardi Reveals The Secrets To His Longevity And DurabilityGirardi has been a remarkable specimen, brushing off the sort of injuries that tend to put others on the shelf for a while.