New York Rangers

Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers celebrates his game-winning overtime goal against the Detroit Red Wings during their game at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Brassard Stepping Up As A True No. 1 Center

More than a few eyebrows were raised when the Rangers committed a five-year contract worth $25 million to 27-year-old center Derick Brassard. Those eyebrows are not raised anymore.

11/06/2014

Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers celebrates his game winning overtime goalagainst the Detroit Red Wings during there game at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brassard Leads Rangers Past Red Wings, 4-3, With OT Goal

Derick Brassard scored a power-play goal 1:50 into overtime, after Detroit tied it in the closing seconds of regulation, to give the New York Rangers their fifth straight victory over the Red Wings, 4-3.

11/06/2014

Joe DiMaggio (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Ranking The Best Local Athletes In History By Jersey/Uniform Number: 9-1

Here we are, the final stretch. These are the best local athletes in history by jersey number, from 9-1.

11/05/2014

Tomas Kaberle, then of the Montreal Canadiens, skates against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on March 5, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: You Know Rangers Are Desperate When They Consider Kaberle

The Rangers are battered and bruised on the blue line, and if the other areas of strength on this team do not step up, the Blueshirts will slip in the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference to very precipitous depths.

11/05/2014

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers is injured when he is hit into the boards by Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Keeping Pace Without McDonagh Will Be The Ultimate Test For Rangers

The injury-ravaged Rangers will be without inspirational captain and all-situation defenseman Ryan McDonagh for the majority of a packed November schedule.

11/03/2014

Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers shoots the puck as he is checked by Andrew Ladd #16 of the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Kane, Wheeler Score In SO; Jets Top Rangers 1-0

Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler scored in the shootout to lift the Winnipeg Jets to 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

11/01/2014

John Moore of the New York Rangers skates away after taking a match penalty with a hit to Erik Haula #56 of the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden on October 27, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: John Moore’s Career With The Rangers Is On Thin Ice

At this stage of his career, it’s crucial that Moore gets consistent playing time to prove that he can repair his damaged image.

10/30/2014

John Moore of the New York Rangers skates away after taking a match penalty with a hit to Erik Haula #56 of the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden on October 27, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers’ John Moore Suspended 5 Games For Head Shot

The decision was handed out by the league’s Department of Player Safety following an in-person hearing with Moore, who is considered a repeat offender.

10/30/2014

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Net Gain: Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist Now Repped By Roger Federer’s Agency

The agency headed by Tony Godsick — who has worked with 17-time major champion Federer for nearly a decade — will represent New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for off-ice marketing deals.

10/29/2014

John Moore of the New York Rangers skates away after taking a match penalty with a hit to Erik Haula #56 of the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden on October 27, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

WATCH: Rangers’ Moore, Kreider Ejected For Brutal Hits Vs. Wild

John Moore could be in line for a suspension from the NHL. The game was surprisingly rough considering these teams are in different conferences and meet only twice per season.

10/28/2014

Anthony Duclair of the New York Rangers celebrates his first NHL goal at 16:12 of the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden on October 27, 2014. The Rangers defeated the Wild 5-4. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Put Grit And Guts On Display In Wild Comeback

What unfolded was a comeback for the ages. The Rangers showed their fight, unleashing a hurricane in the form of Derick Brassard, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello.

10/28/2014

Rangers forward Chris Mueller, left, attempts to get past Devils defenseman Andy Greene during the teams’ meeting at the Prudential Center on Oct. 4, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Hockey Nomad Mueller May Have Found A Home With Rangers

Since making his NHL debut Dec. 28, 2010, Chris Mueller has been a wandering nomad, travelling from city to city hoping to force his way onto an NHL roster for a full season. He may not have to move again.

10/22/2014

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers celebrates a goal with Rick Nash #61, against the New Jersey Devils Kevin Hayes #13 against the New Jersey Devils during their game  at the Prudential Center on October 21, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Klein Seals Rangers’ Comeback With Overtime Goal Against Devils

Kevin Klein scored 2:42 into overtime, and the New York Rangers rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Tuesday night.

10/22/2014

Kevin Hayes of the New York Rangers celebrates his first NHL goal at 7:18 of the third period against the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden on October 19, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rookie Kevin Hayes Is Impressing Rangers With His Veteran Poise

Even though Hayes is fresh out of college and only four games into his NHL career, head coach Alain Vigneault is impressed with Hayes’ poise with the puck and intelligent decision-making.

10/20/2014

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers scores the game-winning goal against Anton Khudobin of the Carolina Hurricanes in a 2-1 shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes during their game at Madison Square Garden on October 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Red-Hot Rick Nash Is The Man With The Midas Touch

Nash has been an ever-present force, extinguishing any concerns that his $7.8 million annual salary through the 2017-18 season would be a burden on the Blueshirts.

10/17/2014

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