Hartnett: Surging Red Bulls Will Face Tough Task At PortlandThe Red Bulls rolled into Portland ahead of Friday night’s clash with the Timbers riding a hot streak, but they are in for quite a test against a team that knows how to defend its home turf.
Hartnett: First Major Trophy In Franchise History Within Red Bulls' ReachFor a team that was a founding MLS franchise, the New York Red Bulls have little silverware to show in a 22-year existence.
Hartnett: BWP On A Roll As Red Bulls Ready For Open Cup SemifinalBradley Wright-Phillips is in the best form of his career.
Hartnett: Red Bulls Look To Put NYCFC Setback Behind Them SaturdayThe late dramatics of last weekend’s 3-2 Hudson River Derby defeat to NYCFC shouldn’t distract from the reality that the Red Bulls (11-9-2) have been one of Major League Soccer’s hottest teams since mid-June.
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: Ranking The NHL's CoachesRanking the NHL's best coaches is highly subjective and debate inducing. Here's how I'd rank coaches across the league ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Hartnett: Arena Has Worked Wonders With USMNT Since Replacing KlinsmannWhen Bruce Arena returned for a second stint as United States National Team manager last November, he inherited a group that had grown distrustful and uneasy under predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann.
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.