Hartnett: With Stepan Gone, Hayes Could See Heavier WorkloadHow do the Rangers fill a Derek Stepan-sized hole? This is going to be the biggest question mark surrounding the team heading into September’s training camp.
Hartnett: Rangers Will Miss Stepan's Leadership, FearlessnessIt’s been nearly six weeks since the Rangers traded longtime alternate captain Derek Stepan to the Arizona Coyotes ahead of the draft. Though time has passed, there’s an awkwardness that comes with uttering the words “Derek Stepan, Arizona Coyote.”
Hartnett: The Top 10 NHL Free Agent Signings So Far This SummerJuly began with a bang when NHL free agency opened at the start of the month, yet teams have continued to stay active in the weeks that have followed.
Hartnett: A Rangers-Jaromir Jagr Reunion Could Be A Win-WinA Madison Square Garden reunion for the Jagr seems unlikely, but there are logical reasons for the Rangers to pursue this option, and it has little to do with Jagr’s ability to energize the fan base or jersey sales in the team stores.
Rangers Lock Up Center Zibanejad For 5 More YearsNobody enjoys salary arbitration. Yet that's where the Rangers and restricted free agent Mika Zibanejad appeared headed before eventually finding common ground late Tuesday morning.
Hartnett: Rangers, Zibanejad Should Find A Way To Split The DifferenceThe Rangers and restricted free agent center Mika Zibanejad have some work to do if they are to avoid a Tuesday arbitration hearing.
Hartnett: Rangers Really Need Zibanejad To Sign Long-Term DealThe Rangers aren’t going to have any trouble fitting Mika Zibanejad’s new deal under the cap, but it’s going to take a little extra yearly coin to get him to commit to a long-term contract.
Legendary Sportscaster Bob Wolff, Who Once Interviewed Babe Ruth, Dies At 96Bob Wolff, the only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports, has died. He was 96.
Rangers, 1st-Rounder Lias Andersson Agree On 3-Year ContractWhile Andersson is obviously young, the situation might be ripe for him to earn a spot with the Rangers.
Hartnett: Ruff's Experience Could Work Wonders For Vigneault, RangersLindy Ruff is officially part of Alain Vigneault’s coaching staff, taking on the assistant role focused on defense and penalty killing vacated by the organizational reassignment of former assistant Jeff Beukeboom.
Rangers Hire Lindy Ruff As Assistant CoachThe New York Rangers have hired longtime NHL head coach Lindy Ruff as an assistant to Alain Vigneault.
Hartnett: Kreider, Hayes, Miller Must Step It Up For Rangers Next SeasonChris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller are no longer young pups. Their progression will have a considerable influence on how the Rangers perform next season.