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Kevin Klein clears the puck ahead of Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers on November 19, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Klein-Del Zotto Swap Remains One Of Sather’s Great Steals

The Rangers pulled the plug on MDZ at the right time. Meanwhile, Kevin Klein has been trusted to play an increased role this season — and it’s paying off.

11/20/2014

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

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

Michael Del Zotto (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers Trade Michael Del Zotto To Predators For Kevin Klein

Del Zotto, only 23, was the 20th overall pick of the Rangers in the 2008 NHL Draft and made his Rangers debut in 2009. He has two goals and nine assists in 42 games for New York this season.

01/22/2014

Artem Anisimov, left, and Brandon Dubinsky as Rangers back in 2010. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Dubinsky, Anisimov Look Back Fondly At Time With Rangers

Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov aren’t looking back in anger. They said a part of them will always be about the Rangers.

12/12/2013

Henrik Lundqvist #30 and Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: With Lundqvist Extension Done, Sather Must Arm Rangers For Cup Run

With Henrik Lundqvist’s extension completed, Glen Sather is going to need to get very creative to supply the goaltender with the talent required for a legitimate Stanley Cup run.

12/05/2013

Chris Kreider (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Vigneault Is Being Rewarded For Belief In Chris Kreider

Kreider’s blazing speed, dominant natural strength on the puck and assertive style of play is earning him significant attention in the Calder Trophy race.

12/02/2013

Glen Sather of the New York Rangers (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Lackluster Rangers Will Force Sather To Start Dealing

The Rangers’ lack of a cutting edge is essentially forcing general manager Glen Sather to make a move.

11/26/2013

Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Del Zotto’s Days Numbered? Rangers Seem Poised To Move On

At 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.

11/20/2013

Rick Nash of the Rangers (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers Winger Rick Nash Travels With Team To Montreal

The Rangers announced on Friday that winger Rick Nash will travel with the team to Montreal. Nash has not played since suffering a concussion on October 8 in San Jose.

11/15/2013

Nail Yakupov (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Could Be Ready To Roll Dice On Yakupov Blockbuster

Perhaps a package of Girardi, Miller, a minor-league forward and a combination of draft picks could be enough to sway MacTavish into parting with Yakupov.

11/06/2013

Alain Vigneault (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: The Rangers Need To Raise The Bar — Right Now

To come away with a victory over the mighty Pens, the Rangers must figure out how to add more of a cutting edge to their offensive game that was lacking against Anaheim.

11/05/2013

Head coach Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers watches from the bench. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Everybody Chill Out — Vigneault In Process Of Reprogramming Rangers

Let’s be clear. What the Rangers are going through isn’t an effort issue. They’re struggling to understand Vigneault’s concept of uptempo hockey that also requires sound positioning.

10/11/2013

Marek Hrivik (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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.

09/25/2013

Mats Zuccarello (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Zuccarello Finally Has Chance To Make Good On Potential

Zuccarello showed Rangers fans the clearest indication of his staying power when he returned from the KHL at the back end of last season.

07/30/2013

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