Marc Staal

Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers is hit into the boards by Radko Gudas #7 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Madison Square Garden on December 1, 2014.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Oh How The Mighty Rangers Have Fallen

Are the Rangers a playoff-caliber team? Certainly. Are they Stanley Cup contenders? It sure isn’t looking that way.

12/02/2014

Marc Staal (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Would Be Smart Not To Let Staal Contract Talks Drag On

At some point, Marc Staal will put pen to paper on a lucrative, long-term contract. It just remains to be seen if the Rangers will be the ones to pony up the dough.

11/14/2014

Iiro Pakarinen of the Edmonton Oilers lands in the crease as Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers makes a save during the first period at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 9, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Outclassed Rangers Need To Get It Together ASAP

This weekend, the Rangers subjected their fans to back-to-back nights of brutal hockey. And a wake-up call is needed after Sunday’s loss to last-place Edmonton.

11/10/2014

Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Matching Last Season’s Success Won’t Be Easy For New-Look Rangers

Last season, the Rangers surprised many by reaching their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994. The 2014-15 Rangers have more of a youthful look after a number of familiar faces moved on to new teams.

10/09/2014

Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers takes the puck against the Flyers on Sept. 30, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

SEASON PREVIEW: With Bar Raised, Rangers Out To Finish What They Started

The sting of the double-overtime loss in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals is mostly gone. However, don’t think for a second that it is forgotten by the New York Rangers.

10/02/2014

Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle hits the ice following team photo day in early September. (Photo: Sean Hartnett/WFAN.com)

Hartnett: Power Play Maestro Dan Boyle Fired Up To Be A Ranger

After taking part in his first practice under new head coach Alain Vigneault on Friday, Boyle spoke of his desire to remain at the top his game and deliver in New York.

09/20/2014

Henrik Lundqvist, center, celebrates with teammate Dan Girardi, left, and Ryan McDonagh after the Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault On A Mission To Replicate Last Season’s Success

If the Rangers are to return to the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Alain Vigneault will have to work some more magic.

09/17/2014

Marc Staal (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Can’t Let Staal Slip Through Their Fingers

If the Rangers wish to make a return appearance — or two, or three — in the Stanley Cup Final, locking down Staal to a long-term extension is an absolute must.

08/06/2014

The New York Rangers bench looks on during the Stanley Cup playoffs. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s Rangers Offseason Preview: Who Stays And Who Goes?

The Rangers took their fans on an incredible ride that was equally unexpected and unforgettable. Now the page immediately turns to preparations for next season.

06/16/2014

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Expect The Best From Henrik Lundqvist In Game 6

Canadiens winger Rene Bourque made some rather pointed remarks in an obvious attempt to rattle Lundqvist ahead of Game 6. He may have picked the wrong guy to mess with.

05/29/2014

Marc Staal (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Defensive Stalwarts Made Life Difficult For Crosby In Game 1

Throughout Game 1, Sidney Crosby had little space to operate as Staal, Stralman, McDonagh and Girardi smothered him at every turn.

05/03/2014

Kimmo Timonen #44 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against Martin St. Louis #26 of the New York Rangers in Game Five of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Acquired Martin St. Louis Exactly For These Playoff Heroics

In his first playoff series as a Ranger, St. Louis has been an absolute game-changer for a team that required someone of St. Louis’ ilk to lift it toward greater things.

04/28/2014

Ryan Callahan (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Ryan Callahan Must Lower His Demands To Remain With The Rangers

If Ryan Callahan’s comments can be taken at face value, his desire is to remain with the only organization he’s ever known.

02/01/2014

Rick Nash (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Winger Rick Nash To Take Center Stage At Stadium Series

Heading to the Stadium Series, Rick Nash is carrying a four-game goal streak with six goals scored during the streak. Nash has registered 10 goals in his last 10 games.

01/25/2014

Kevin Klein (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Klein-Del Zotto Swap Will Help Solidify Rangers’ Blue Line

Make no mistake about it. The Rangers are a win-now team and Kevin Klein will provide the consistency that Michael Del Zotto clearly lacked.

01/23/2014

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