Ryan McDonagh

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

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

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images); Rick Nash (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

4 Reasons Why The Storied Islanders-Rangers Rivalry Has New Juice

The Islanders and Rangers — and their fans — have been at each other’s throats for years. The rivalry lost some luster over the last decade, but it now appears to be back and healthier than ever.

10/14/2014

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

Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers looks to pass against the Chicago Blackhawks during a preseason game at the United Center on September 26, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Ryan McDonagh Was Easy And Obvious Choice To Lead Rangers

“We all kind of knew Mac’s a real young leader on this team,” Girardi said. “He’s only going to get better. He was the definite choice to lead us as captain and lead us in the right direction.”

10/07/2014

Ryan McDonagh (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Ryan McDonagh Named 27th Captain In Rangers History

Fellow defensemen Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, and forwards Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis, were chosen as alternate captains.

10/07/2014

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

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

Ryan McDonagh (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Ryan McDonagh Feels Ready To Lead Rangers; Praises Malone Signing

Following Thursday’s informal skate, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh reiterated the belief that he’s ready to take on a key leadership role ahead of the upcoming season.

09/12/2014

The Rangers’ Derek Stepan, right, celebrates his first-period  goal against Pittsburgh along with Mats Zuccarello at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Top 10 Tri-State Area NHL Players

New York is the biggest sports market in the United States, and it’s a magnet for superstars. The Rangers, Islanders and Devils boast a plethora of talented players.

07/10/2014

Ryan McDonagh (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: All Signs Point To Ryan McDonagh Becoming Rangers’ Next Captain

McDonagh appears to be a captain in waiting. He has become a more vocal leader with age and experience.

06/17/2014

Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save on Chris Kreider during the third period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 2014. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Connecticut Kid Quick Has Rangers On Ropes In Stanley Cup Finals

Jonathan Quick looked right at home on the road inside MSG. One more night like this, and the Connecticut native will be able to skate with the Cup under the bright lights of Broadway.

06/10/2014

New York head coach Alain Vigneault talks with the media after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Rangers’ Vigneault: Kings ‘One Of The Best Teams I’ve Seen’

The coach had formed a few impressions after Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, and they made him even more wary of the Los Angeles Kings.

06/06/2014

The Los Angeles Kings celebrate after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime in Game Seven to win the Western Conference Final in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Bigger, Sharper Kings Will Defeat Rangers In Stanley Cup Final

The Kings have more brute strength, bite and snarl to their game than the Rangers. They’re loaded with scorers and possess an electric power play.

06/03/2014

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