Since I, like many of you, have to contend with hockey withdrawal over the next few days and weeks, you can still count on this being a forum for news, opinions, and speculation during the off-season.
That said, I do have another gig “covering golf”:http://golf.lohudblogs.com/, something I did competently enough to at least remain employed over the previous few years, but something I’ve been neglecting as the Rangers made their surge into the playoffs. What this means is that while I’ll certainly be here, it’s unlikely I’ll be posting with the same frequency as I did during the season.
Speaking of which, a brief recap on our season stats, which one day I plan to put on the back of my own trading card: 625 posts, 27,975 comments, with traffic numbers second on our site only to Peter Abraham’s religious-like following on his “Yankees blog”:http://yankees.lohudblogs.com/ (which, even though I can’t stand the Yankees, is so entertaining I’m on every day as well).
For what it’s worth, my “first post here”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/09/18/when-you-have-this-much-to-say-one-blog-just-isnt-enough/ came on the day of the annual Blue and White scrimmage, when Hugh Jessiman of all people scored two goals. It only goes to show a lot has changed since then.
Along the way, you were treated to a healthy stream of Jaromir Jagr jokes, Tom Renney long-winded answers, and endless speculation over whether Marek Malik possesses incriminating photos of Glen Sather. You lamented the mistreatment of Jarkko Immonen and Thomas Pock, celebrated the wisdom of Brendan Shanahan, and were perplexed by the nonsensical comments of Vinny Pooh, DumpJagrDope, and Yenner Mot — all of whom, of course, are the same person.
Many of you were complimentary of me, while others got on my case for being too frivolous or not critical enough. Believe it or not, on all counts, the input only helped me do my job better.
Either way, the only credit I or Josh can take for the success of this site is recognizing the insatiable appettite of Rangers fans, and that some are misguided enough to actually want to hear what we have to say.
Other than that, the credit belongs completely to you for making this season so much more meaningful than I ever anticipated.
Until then, I’ll check in from the Peter Forsberg signing press conference….