First of all, I owe a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time, in the last couple days, to send some very nice e-mails. I try to personally answer all the notes I get, even the ones with creatively used four-letter words, but quite frankly the volume of them has been overwhelming, more than I ever thought possible. I’ll get back to all of you, eventually.
At the risk of sounding self-indulgent, this blog has become a huge hit in the last few days, and for that I thank all of you. When the Jack Johnson stuff went down, my editor called and we agreed to just blog the you-know-what out of the story. Somehow, word spread and all of you found it. The Internet is a crazy friggin’ thing. I owe a huge thanks to those who operate the websites and message boards. I don’t want to name names, because I’ll forget someone, but you know who you are, and I greatly appreciate the way you’ve been linking to the blog on your well-run sites. If your site doesn’t already have a link on this page, e-mail me and I’ll have it added.
Anyway, the point of this is that we want to keep it going, and make it bigger and better, but we need your help. We need to know what you want to see. Unfortunately, given the climate in the newspaper industry today, the NHL doesn’t get a lot of attention in print. We can go around and around as to the reasons for that, but it’s an unfortunate reality. The Internet, however, is ripe for giving information in a forum like this, and it’s a good way to communicate directly with readers. I can tell you this: the blog has gotten so many hits in the last couple days that the Daily News editor made note of it in his staff meeting yesterday. That’s the editor of the entire paper, not just the sports editor. This is a good way to show him that people in Southern California do indeed care about hockey, so please keep visiting, reading and commenting.
So the question is: what do you want to see on here? We’re providing you, to the best of our ability, with breaking news, practice reports and little notes here and there. But things are coming up during the summer, such as the draft and free agency. What type of things would you like to see here? I have my own ideas, but I’d like to hear yours. Same goes for things we could do once next season begins. I’d love to hear any and all ideas.
Thanks again for all the support.