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Team Canada celebrates following its 3-2 overtime victory over Team USA in the gold medal game of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on Feb. 28, 2010. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Silverman: Olympic Hockey May Be Superb, But It Simply Makes No Sense

The fact that the Olympic hockey tournament takes place in the middle of an NHL season basically defies explanation. Too many things can happen, and none of them are good.

01/08/2014

Jaromir Jagr (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images); Thomas Vanek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers, Islanders And Devils Send Total Of 15 Players To Sochi Olympics

In addition to the players they have on Teams USA and Canada, the Tri-State Area NHL locals will be sending 10 additional players to the Games, representing Austria, Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland.

01/07/2014

Ryan McDonagh, right, (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images); Derek Stepan (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Ranger ‘Blood Brothers’ McDonagh, Stepan Pack Their Bags For Sochi

A competitive fire between long-time friends Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan spills into golf outings, fantasy football matchups, board games and video games. You name it, these two can’t stand losing to one another.

01/02/2014

Kyle Okposo (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

No Ryan? No Okposo? USA Hockey GM Explains Much-Debated Olympic Roster

USA Hockey used to have it relatively easy picking players for the Olympics. Not anymore. “We did not pick the best 25 players,” general manager David Poile said Wednesday.

01/02/2014

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders (R) didn't make the 2014 U.S. men's hockey team. Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers (L) was named to the squad that will compete in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Three Rangers Make 2014 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team; Okposo Snubbed

The U.S. men’s hockey team for the Winter Olympics has been announced. Bobby Ryan didn’t make the cut. Neither did Kyle Okposo.

01/01/2014

Zach Parise poses after being named a candidate for the 2014 USA Hockey Olympic Team at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex on August 26, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s USA Hockey Roster Projections For Sochi 2014

USA Hockey will bring a tremendously experienced and deep squad to Sochi in hopes of capturing the gold medal.

12/31/2013

Rangers goalie Cam Talbot. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Talbot Does His Job, But Rangers Fall In Washington

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, and Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:09 left to lift the Washington Capitals over the New York Rangers 3-2 Friday night.

12/27/2013

Marc Staal (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Sweating Over Likely Staal Concussion

Marc Staal is one of the league’s foremost shutdown defenseman. Unless the Rangers receive an unexpected stroke of luck, they will need to figure out how to cope with losing Staal for an extended period of time.

12/08/2013

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Lundqvist Gets His Wish With Extension, Likely Will Be ‘Ranger For Life’

According to a report, the deal is for seven years and $59.5 million. The new contract would make Lundqvist the highest-paid goalie in the league starting in the 2014-15 season.

12/04/2013

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Rangers Lose 3-2 To Bruins, Complete Five-Game Road Trip

Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves for the Rangers, who played their first game in Boston since the Bruins eliminated them in the playoffs.

11/29/2013

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

Carl Hagelin (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Returning Hagelin Will Give Rangers A Significant Boost

While Hagelin’s inevitable Tuesday return will give the Rangers a significant lift, it’s clear that every man inside the locker room must accept their share of burden for the Rangers’ underwhelming 3-7-0 start.

10/29/2013

Chris Kreider (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Are Ready To Finally Give Kreider A Legitimate Look

The 22-year-old isn’t harping on his previous disappointments. This is an entirely fresh chance under a new coach in Vigneault, whose uptempo system could make best use of Kreider’s array of offensive abilities.

10/22/2013

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

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers shoots the puck into the corner in the third period of their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Brad Richards Has Been Reborn Under Vigneault

The Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, on Monday night at Staples Center. Richards was front and center in Vigneault’s first victory as head coach of the Blueshirts as he scored two of three Rangers goals.

10/08/2013

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