Hartnett: Girardi Is A Whipping Boy With Fans, But Rangers Know His ValueThroughout his entire hockey life, Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi has fought against labels and has shed them as often as an amphibian sheds its skin.
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.