Hartnett: Mats Zuccarello Is The Engine That Drives The Rangers“I think he's my favorite player in the NHL right now,” alternate captain Derek Stepan said. “He's playing at such a high level. It starts with his compete level. He just competes so hard.”
Stepan, Lindberg Score Seconds Apart As Rangers Edge Avalanche 2-1Derek Stepan and Oscar Lindberg scored 21 seconds apart in the second period, helping the New York Rangers beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.
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.
SEASON PREVIEW: Rangers Bring Back The Core With Another Stanley Cup Run In MindWhile the Rangers have been close the past two seasons, time may be running out on their quest to win their first Stanley Cup since 1994.
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Hartnett: Derek Stepan On Track To Be A Special Player In Rangers HistoryDerek 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.
Rangers Sign Derek Stepan To 6-Year Deal, Avoid ArbitrationGeneral manager Jeff Gorton announced the deal Monday, hours before a contract arbitration hearing for the 25-year-old Stepan.
Hartnett: Gorton Demonstrates Cap Mastery By Signing Stepan To Fair-Market DealNow 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.
Hartnett: There's Time For Rangers, Stepan To Avoid Arbitration UnpleasantnessAs 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.
Hartnett: New Rangers GM Gorton Is Passing Early Tests With Flying ColorsWhen 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.
Hartnett: Contract Showdown Looming Between New Rangers GM And Veteran StepanOn 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.