Mats Zuccarello

Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Expect Michael Del Zotto To Be Odd Man Out In Rangers’ Plans

With the start of free agency looming on Friday, the Rangers should be looking to shed salary in order to get in on the action.

07/03/2013

Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) and Brad Richards of the New York Rangers (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lecavalier Buyout Impacts Chances Of Richards-Rangers Breakup

First, it was the Philadelphia Flyers announcing Briere’s buyout, then the Lightning sending Lecavalier packing. Are the Rangers ready to break up with Brad Richards?

06/27/2013

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Don’t Buy Into The Fear; Lundqvist Will Finish His Career With Rangers

This city offers Henrik Lundqvist everything he desires. He isn’t going to turn his back and throw it all away.

05/29/2013

Rangers center Brad Richards (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Buying Out Playoff Passenger Brad Richards Makes Too Much Sense For Rangers

Brad Richards is without a role and will soon be bought out by the Rangers because of a shrinking salary cap and long offseason checklist for GM Glen Sather.

05/27/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tortorella Shoulders Some Of The Blame For Rangers’ Second-Round Exit

While Tortorella didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse, the Rangers were severely hampered by a number of key injuries.

05/26/2013

Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers lies on the ice following a play in the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Can’t Repeat Walking-Dead Performance In Game 2

The Rangers played like a group of brainless zombies Thursday night, only lacking a lust for flesh — or in their case a lust for goals.

05/17/2013

The Rangers’ Taylor Pyatt, middle, celebrates with Derek Dorsett after scoring in the second period against the Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Verizon Center on May 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Rangers Win Game 7 On The Road For The First Time In Franchise History

Led by Henrik Lundqvist’s 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, and goals from some unlikely sources, the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 Monday night to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.

05/14/2013

Rick Nash and Brad Richards of the New York Rangers. (Photos by Elsa and Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: No-Show Nash And Invisible Richards Must Make Difference For Rangers In Game 6

The Rangers’ woeful 2-for-21 power play can be pinpointed to the underwhelming play of Brad Richards and Rick Nash, their two highest paid players.

05/12/2013

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers skates against the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Determined Rangers Looking To Even Series With Caps At MSG

While the Capitals stayed off the ice on Tuesday to recover, the Rangers held a full practice. They were without forward Rick Nash, who was given a “maintenance day,” and Darroll Powe, who was injured on Monday and is unlikely to play in Game 4.

05/08/2013

Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers celebrates his power-play goal. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Prove Mettle In Game 3, Riding Wave Of Confidence

In Game 3, the Rangers finally resembled the team that finished the regular season strongly, a team that no division-winner wants any part of.

05/07/2013

The Rangers celebrate a goal by Mats Zuccarello during the second period of their game against Florida at Madison Square Garden on April 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Zuccarello, Brassard Power Points-Hungry Rangers To Rout Of Panthers

Rick Nash had a goal and assist in the first period, and Ryan Callahan had a pair of assists as the New York Rangers hung on to eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

04/19/2013

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Rangers Lose Ground To Isles, Ottawa With Bad Loss In Philadelphia

Brayden Schenn, Erik Gustafsson and Kimmo Timonen scored to give Philadelphia’s faint playoff hopes a boost, and the Flyers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Tuesday night for their second win in two nights.

04/17/2013

The Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello scores the winning shootout goal against the Maple Leafs. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: ‘Hobbit’ Zuccarello Making A Difference In Rangers’ Playoff Push

Mats Zuccarello’s overtime-winning shootout goal could go a long way in determining how high the Rangers finish in the Eastern Conference.

04/11/2013

Mats Zuccarello (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Pint-Sized Zuccarello Will Help Address Rangers’ Scoring Woes

Affectionately nicknamed “The Hobbit” by some, Zuccarello is a gifted offensive talent whose quick-moving legs, remarkable vision and skills on the puck can cause problems for any defense.

03/25/2013

Zach Parise (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: What Rangers Fans Can Expect This Offseason

The Rangers are not in need of a dramatic shake-up. But when free agency comes around, you never know how things will unfold.

WFAN–05/29/2012

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