Hartnett: Days Before Halloween, Rangers Get Much-Needed Boost From BooOn Thursday night against Stepan’s Arizona Coyotes, Cristoval “Boo” Nieves took center stage at Madison Square Garden five days before Halloween. Nieves recorded three assists in his season debut, as the Rangers defeated the Coyotes, 5-2.
Hartnett: Rangers Will Miss Stepan's Leadership, FearlessnessIt’s been nearly six weeks since the Rangers traded longtime alternate captain Derek Stepan to the Arizona Coyotes ahead of the draft. Though time has passed, there’s an awkwardness that comes with uttering the words “Derek Stepan, Arizona Coyote.”
Rangers Trade Stepan, Raanta To Coyotes For 1st-Round Pick, DeAngeloThe New York Rangers have agreed to trade center Derek Stepan and backup goaltender Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes for the seventh overall pick in Friday night's draft and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, according to multiple reports.
Hartnett: Stepan Leading Rangers By Example In Just About Every WayWhen the Rangers aren't on top of their game, Derek Stepan digs deeper.
Hartnett: Stepan's Game Is About A Lot More Than Primary StatsHeading into Sunday night's tilt with the Devils, goals had been hard to come for Rangers center Derek Stepan. The Blueshirts' 26-year-old alternate captain had just one in his previous 11 contests.
Hartnett: Get Ready, The Rangers' Summer Shakeup Is Coming SoonPoint-producing defenseman Keith Yandle was dealt to the Florida Panthers on Monday evening for a 2016 sixth-round pick and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2017.
Hartnett: Rangers' Stepan Earning His Big PaycheckThe 25-year-old alternate captain justified his $6.5 million cap hit by becoming the first Rangers center since Wayne Gretzky to post three straight 50-point seasons, and he set a new career high this season with 22 goals.
Hartnett: Lethargic Rangers Better Bring Their 'A' Game In Game 2It won't make a difference if it's Henrik Lundqvist or Antti Raanta between the pipes against the Penguins in Game 2 on Saturday if the Rangers repeat the script from the series opener.
Hartnett: Rangers Aren't Perfect, But They Possess A Ton Of CharacterThe Rangers have put themselves behind the eight-ball lately because of some dreadful first periods. This worrying trend continued against a shorthanded version of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
Rangers Punch Ticket To Playoffs, Top Blue JacketsThe New York Rangers needed three tries before finally getting the win that clinched a postseason berth.
Hartnett: Derek Stepan Rises To Defend Kevin Hayes' Work EthicTo the surprise of many, Rangers forward Kevin Hayes' sophomore NHL season didn't get off to a flying start.
Stepan Scores Twice As Rangers Cruise To 6-3 Win Over DallasCenter Derek Stepan scored twice to help the New York Rangers to an easy 6-3 victory against the league-leading Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

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