Josh Smith | @joshsmith29

Josh is a life-long hockey fan. He grew up as a fan of the New York Rangers, but thanks to their general mismanagement and years of mediocrity, developed a great appreciation for every team across the league. He’s been writing about hockey on various sites since 1995. In addition to his work at The Hockey Writers, he also keeps tabs on the referees over at Follow him on Twitter at @joshsmith29 or reach him via email at

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Recent Articles by Josh

Martin St. Louis would be a key cog on "Canada 2" (Icon SMI)

Rangers Pay Steep Price in Captain Swap

The New York Rangers made a big splash at the trade deadline, sending captain and pending unrestricted free agent Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning.   In return, the Bolts […]

Callahan has served as the Rangers captain since 2011-12 (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

Rangers Trading Their Captain? It’s Happened Before

If the Rangers send Ryan Callahan packing at the trade deadline, it wouldn’t be the first time the Blueshirts traded away their captain. Of the 25 team captains throughout their […]

by · February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Hockey History, New York Rangers
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Olympic Injuries Impact Playoff Races

With all the concern over Olympic injuries, many were questioning whether the NHL should send its players to Pyeongyang for the 2018 games. While that’s still up for debate – […]

by · February 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Injury Report, Olympics
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The Olympic Effect

Is there an Olympic Effect on NHL players? There’s been much debate about having NHL players participate in the Olympics.  Obviously, shutting down the National Hockey League for nearly a […]

by · February 20, 2014 · 2 comments · News/Commentary, Olympics
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Team USA’s Brady Skjei Making Impact at World Juniors

New York Rangers prospect Brady Skjei is quietly making a big impact on the ice for Team USA. He may only have one assist, but his performance is about much […]

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Top 5 Hockey Christmas Videos of 2013

It’s that time of year — when the stockings are hung, the trees are trimmed, and hockey players all over the world are putting down their sticks and picking up […]

by · December 17, 2013 · 0 comments · Humor, Top 10 Lists
Nothing is rock solid in fantasy hockey. As Marc Staal found out, the hockey gods can be very cruel. (Bridget Samuels/Flickr)

Concussion Threatens Career of Rangers’ Marc Staal

Marc Staal has a concussion. This is not the news that the Rangers’ coaching staff, players, or fans wanted to hear. AV on Marc Staal: "diagnosed with a concussion…doctors feel […]

by · December 10, 2013 · 0 comments · New York Rangers
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Del Zotto’s Last Stand in New York?

Michael Del Zotto was once the future of the Rangers’ blueline.  Now, it’s unclear how much more of a future he has with the team at all. The 23-year-old blueliner […]

by · December 6, 2013 · 2 comments · New York Rangers
New York Rangers winger Benoit Pouliot (Tom Turk/THW)

Rangers’ Benoit Pouliot Consistently Inconsistent

It’s hard to figure out what you’ve got in Benoit Pouliot.  On any given night – or shift, for that matter – you can never be sure which Pouliot will […]

by · November 14, 2013 · 0 comments · New York Rangers
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NHL Coaches’ Fastest Firings of All-Time

Many of these coaches had successful seasons with their respective teams. The moments below, however, were not career highlights. Some were victims of a manager with a quick trigger finger. […]

by · October 17, 2013 · 0 comments · Hockey History
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Five Reasons the New York Rangers Will Rebound

The Rangers are off to their worst start since Wayne Gretzky was in their lineup.  That’s right, kids, you have to go all the way back to 1998-99 to find […]

by · October 14, 2013 · 3 comments · New York Rangers
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Brad Richards’ Resurgence Key for Rangers

Brad Richards is in a contract year.  With two key goals in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, he’s sure playing like it. Despite being just two years […]

by · October 8, 2013 · 0 comments · New York Rangers