Derek Stepan

Kelly Johnson celebrates with teammate Juan Uribe after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-2 at Citi Field on July 25, 2015. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

3 Up And 3 Down: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not In New York Sports

Let’s take a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the local sports landscape.

07/28/2015

Derek Stepan

Hartnett: Derek Stepan On Track To Be A Special Player In Rangers History

Derek Stepan has accomplished much in his young career and he will only improve over the course of the six-year, $39 million contract he signed on Monday.

07/28/2015

Derek Stepan

Rangers Sign Derek Stepan To 6-Year Deal, Avoid Arbitration

General manager Jeff Gorton announced the deal Monday, hours before a contract arbitration hearing for the 25-year-old Stepan.

07/27/2015

Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers celebrates his second goal of the game against the Anaheim Ducks on March 22, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Gorton Demonstrates Cap Mastery By Signing Stepan To Fair-Market Deal

Now that Stepan is signed, Rangers fans can breathe a big sigh or relief. Gorton has proven to be a salary-cap wizard, and he deserves a big pat on the back from the Blueshirts’ faithful.

07/27/2015

Derek Stepan

Hartnett: There’s Time For Rangers, Stepan To Avoid Arbitration Unpleasantness

As the hours tick closer to Monday’s scheduled 9 a.m. arbitration hearing, Derek Stepan and the Rangers have much work in front of them.

07/24/2015

Jeff Gorton of the New York Rangers attends the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: New Rangers GM Gorton Is Passing Early Tests With Flying Colors

When Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton took charge on July 1, he inherited a roster that was carefully molded into an Eastern Conference superpower by predecessor Glen Sather.

07/16/2015

Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers celebrates his second goal of the game against the Anaheim Ducks on March 22, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Contract Showdown Looming Between New Rangers GM And Veteran Stepan

On Monday afternoon, the NHLPA announced that Derek Stepan’s arbitration hearing has been set for July 27 in Toronto. This means it’s crunch time for the cap-crunched Blueshirts.

07/14/2015

Derek Stepan

Hartnett: Salary Cap Squeeze Has Put The Rangers In A Bind

A demand of a long-term deal above $7 million AAV could force the Rangers to do the unthinkable — trade Stepan away.

07/06/2015

Kevin Hayes, front, and several other members of the Rangers react after being defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Days Later, Rangers Still Searching For The Right Words To Explain Game 7 Disaster

Three days after squandering a chance to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season, the New York Rangers’ disappointment and frustration was still there for all to see.

06/01/2015

Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Rangers - Game Five

Stamkos, Lightning Determined To Finish Resilient Rangers For Good

After a slow start to the playoffs, the high-scoring team captain helped the speedy Lightning push the New York Rangers to the brink of elimination from the Eastern Conference finals.

05/26/2015

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, center, makes a save against the Rangers during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 24, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Better Man Up With The Man Advantage Immediately

The Tampa Bay Lightning pushed the Rangers to the brink of extinction by beating them at their own game.

05/25/2015

Derek Stepan

Hartnett: Cornerstones McDonagh, Stepan Leading Rangers’ Playoff Run

Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan are two of a kind — two aces in the Rangers’ winning hand. And now they’re seven wins away from lifting the Stanley Cup.

05/18/2015

Jesper Fast and Chris Kreider celebrate after Derek Stepan scores the game-winning goal in overtime against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Stepan ‘Matteau,’ Rangers Summon The Spirit Of ’94

Ordinary clubs crumble when their backs are pressed against the wall. Not the panic-less Rangers. They chip away.

05/14/2015

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Seven

Counting Down The Best Game 7s In Rangers History

In honor of the Rangers’ dramatic Game 7 overtime victory on Wednesday night, here are the seven best Game 7s in franchise history.

05/14/2015

Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck during a game against the New York Rangers at Consol Energy Center on January 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

Rangers, Penguins Heading In Different Directions Ahead Of First-Round Clash

When the puck drops Thursday night for the opener of their seven-game Eastern Conference playoff series, the Rangers will have been on a tear that began when they made the Stanley Cup finals in 2014.

04/16/2015

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