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.
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.
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.
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.
Hartnett: Rangers Will Need 'The Goalie Whisperer' To Do His Thing AgainRangers goaltending coach Benoit Allaire has a knack for summoning the best out of players.
Hartnett: Prove-It Season With Rangers May Be What Desharnais NeedsThe Rangers made a low-risk, potentially high-reward move on Wednesday.
Hartnett: Shattenkirk Signing Lifts Rangers To Next Level In Cup QuestThe 28-year-old, right-handed defenseman possesses the offense-driving abilities that can separate the Blueshirts from the pack of contenders looking to dethrone the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Hartnett: Free Agency Has Several Centers That Can Help RangersThe Rangers need a center and have plenty of options to get one. Once the free agent signing period opens at noon on Saturday, it will be interesting to see which direction general manager Jeff Gorton goes.
Hartnett: Smith Reportedly Returning To Rangers, And That's A Good ThingBack in February, general manager Jeff Gorton was tasked with acquiring a blue line upgrade and outfitted the Rangers with a gem in Brendan Smith.
Hartnett: Rangers Look And Feel Different After Jettisoning ExperienceBy shedding longtime alternate captains Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi, the Rangers have significantly altered their core while gaining precious salary cap space to be a major player in free agency.
Hartnett: Rangers Caught A Break With Vegas Taking LindbergAlthough Oscar Lindberg’s stock is on the rise, the Rangers lucked out on Wednesday night when the Vegas Golden Knights drafted the most replaceable of an important foursome.