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: With Klein Down, Rangers To Force McIlrath Into The SpotlightThe Rangers were dealt a tough blow when shutdown defenseman Kevin Klein fractured his right thumb during Tuesday's defeat to rival Devils.
Hartnett: McIlrath, Skjei Give Rangers Fans A Taste Of The FutureTuesday's 4-2 home victory over the Edmonton Oilers was proof that the Rangers possess two blue-line gems in Dylan McIlrath and Brady Skjei.
Hartnett: Young McIlrath Gets Big Audition To Impress Rangers Against Loaded CapsIt's time for McIlrath to put practice into play. He must show the Rangers that he can apply what he's learned by being a shutdown force on the ice against the big-bodied Caps.
Hartnett: As Rangers Ponder Final Roster, McIlrath, Lindberg Have No WorriesThe Rangers are currently carrying 25 players and will likely trim their roster to 22 in the near future. NHL clubs are required to set their regular-season rosters to a maximum of 23 on Monday.
Hartnett: McIlrath Is Changing His Perception, Pushing For Roster SpotAfter being held back by early-career knee troubles, McIlrath was forced to take the slow path. That path might lead to a full-time job with the Blueshirts.
Hartnett: Rangers' Training Camp Intrigue To Revolve Around Depth PositionsTraining camp opens on Sept. 17 and the Rangers will begin their six-game preseason schedule four days later, when they host the Devils.
Rangers Sign Restricted Free Agents Jesper Fast, J.T. Miller.The signings leave only Derek Stepan as the major unsigned restricted free agent with the Rangers.
Hartnett: Del Zotto's Days Numbered? Rangers Seem Poised To Move OnAt 23, Michael Del Zotto has yet to make a significant leap forward in his development. Over the years, the Rangers have been exceedingly patient with him, yet he's failed to harness his offensive upside.
Hartnett: Predicting The Rangers' Opening-Night Roster A number of prospects including Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo and Connor Allen could crack the Rangers' opening-night roster.
Hartnett: Expect Michael Del Zotto To Be Odd Man Out In Rangers' PlansWith the start of free agency looming on Friday, the Rangers should be looking to shed salary in order to get in on the action.
Hartnett: I’m Ready To Crown Penguins; Rangers Must Hold On To Best Assets At DeadlineIt's imperative that Rangers GM Glen Sather doesn't make a reactionary trade after the Penguins acquire Jarome Iginla.