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This isn’t really a goodbye. We’re just moving the party down the street, to a new address. The furniture will look a little different, and the dog might be confused for a couple days, but before long it will feel like home.

The new blog site will be located at www.LAKingsInsider.com. I suppose it would be an understatement to say that I hope you visit, starting tomorrow! The blog will be my main platform, for breaking news, opinion and discussion, while game stories, notebooks, features and the like will be featured prominently on LAKings.com, and also will be easily found by visiting the blog.

To address the main question I’ve been getting about the new blog, yes, commenting will remain. The ground rules will not change. No profanity, no personal attacks, no persistent, blatant, antagonistic drubbing of the same points. They’re simple rules and they have served us well so far, so there’s no reason to change. It might take a couple days to figure out the best way to moderate the comments, but they will continue to be a staple of our community.

There’s also no reason to change the content of the blog. It’s been the subject of endless — and I do mean endless — conversation, but I will continue to stress the same point I’ve made consistently for the past week: it’s not going to change. I don’t want it to change, and the Kings don’t want it to change, so why would it change? Coverage, as I said last week, will only get more comprehensive. That’s exciting for me and, I hope, for you as well. Anyone who has doubts is welcome to check it out for themselves. As I have said, the proof will be in the product.

The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive, and I so grateful for that. Thank you for you support and for your trust. Please know this: the money is coming from the Kings, but in my mind I work for the readers, the fans. Everything I do, in writing and reporting, comes from the basic idea that I want to serve the readers the best way possible. You, not anyone in Kings management, will be the ultimate decider of whether this new venture is a success, and that will never be forgotten.

There will be plenty to discuss on the new site. At this point, I just want to express my gratitude to the Daily News. It’s no secret that the newspaper industry is a tough one to work in these days, but I have always been proud to work alongside such talented and dedicated people. There’s nothing quite like working for a newspaper, and I mean that in the best possible sense. People have asked what the future of this blog will be, and honestly I don’t know. I do know that the Daily News values its coverage of the Kings and has always encouraged my desire to cover hockey.

So that’s all for now. I’ll be working tonight on the new site and getting familiar with everything, hopefully ready for a smooth start tomorrow. Please visit www.LAKingsInsider.com!

Rich

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  • JDizzle pka JDA

    Can’t wait to see the new site Rich! Thanks again for everything you do. You’re the best.

  • BerniernextRoy

    I’m pretty excited for the new content and the fact we King fans will get better coverage. Can’t wait, and also thanks to the Daily News for allowing Rich to cover the Kings as extensively as he has. I remember the one time Rich was not the blogger for ITK and was replaced by a USC coverage guy, and it was never the same. Thankfully Rich came back to contribute to this blog.

    Thank you Daily News and see you over at the new home Rich.

  • Marc Nathan

    Obviously, I wish you all the best, and hope that the team’s PR people (Hi Mike ;) ) remain objective and allow you all the latitude to calls ‘em as you sees ‘em. You’ve been nothing but professional and respectful to so many long time Kings fans (and detractors) and I’m looking forward to the next phase of your career.

  • Some fan

    So Rich, if the Kings win the Stanley Cup, will your name go on it too?

  • PaulCat1969

    Good luck, Rich and we’ll see over at the new digs starting tomorrow. Do you know if you are going to be able to host game day chats? Those have always been so great

  • jet

    Could we possibly get a thread with everyone’s prediction for the Kings season tomorrow? That is an informative and fun thread.

    Thanks and good luck

  • macdup

    I am excited. Rich, you better not become a puppet for the man!! ;-)

    See you on the other side.

    -Dave

  • JDM

    End of an era.

    One door closes, a window opens.

    Ask not what your blog can do for you.

    Even a blind nut hates squirrels.

    Can’t wait to see the new site!

  • Andrew

    Can’t thank you enough Rich! I know the blog on the new site will only get better with all the extra road coverage. I can’t wait to hear all the inside stories on the road! I will be there every day (like I have been here)!

    Also a big thanks to the Daily News for giving us this gift of a blog for all this time!

  • sd

    I assume you’ll still use Twiiter and Facebook. Please post your new account names here or on the new blog ASAP. Thanks!

  • Darrell

    So just out of curiosity, will there be any hockey coverage/blogging at the Daily News site anymore?

  • Johnny Kick a Hole In The Sky

    We’ll be there!

  • Eric K

    Looking forward to a new era! Rich, if you stay objective and informative (check that, EXTREMELY informative), there’s no way this won’t work.

    This blog has served us well.

  • Johnny Utah

    Cool. Please just have the tech geeks over there make sure the new site has an RSS feed – makes life so much easier.

  • Ciccarelli

    Hey, Rich congratulations. I guess I’ll see you, and all the other posters, on the other “side” tomorrow.

  • wavesinair

    I’m stoked that the new blog will have it’s own domain! Not just an off-shoot of the kings site… sweet.

    So what’s the deal then Rich with our usernames? Are we going to be able login as usual or do we have to create a new account with new blog software?

  • http://cww CWW

    It is time to cross the chasim and we will be there to catch you. Freedom of the speech will be the name of the day. We all know how bad it is to listen to sportscaster who is a “homer” and doesn’t present a fair picture of the facts. Rich – here is a cold frosty one to new beginnings. cww

  • iansez

    Elvis has left the building….
    ;)

  • JPUCK

    good luck rich! for some reason i had to leave a comment on the final post on insidesocal…. i have been hitting refrsh on this site about 100 times daily for years! Thanks!

  • nykingfan

    Good luck Rich..I’ll see you all tomorrow on the dark side.
    I just had a really horrible thought. I know I can get lakings.com at work.I sure hope the new website doesn’t get blocked. I probably just jinxed myself…Oh well, I’ll just have to find a new job.

  • Cynic

    Finally nice to see a good guy get a leg up. You’ve been great to read and your unbiased, honest reporting it what got you this far. I have NO doubt it’ll continue Rich. My 30th year as a Kings fan will be a great one for sure!

    It won’t fail. As long as it stays honest and unbiased, it will flourish.

    Looking forward to the new chapter! Congratz again Rich!

  • Buck

    Here’s hoping the dog’s confusion is minimal! And yes, an exclusive RSS feed would be appreciated!

  • JonG

    A big thanks to the Daily News for supporting Rich’s efforts on this blog.

    I can’t wait for more of the same tomorrow!

    GO KINGS GO

  • Bruin26

    Well this should be my last time posting to this blog evne if it continues. No offense to the Daily News, but it seems like this blog did so well simply because of the work ethic of Rich, not because of the support of the paper. Now I understand the industry is in trouble, but what Rich did with this blog without going on the road with the team is amazing to me. I for one have no fear of the new setup with the Kings being his employer. Like he said without us the blog doesn’t work and I think the Kings see that. They also see how successful this blog was with little help them paying his way and stepping out of the way is a good thing for them as well. Lets face it, Rich is not one of those Shock reporters just trying to sell papers with unpopular or shocking opinions like we see so much at papers these days. This is what has kept me coming back to the site, that he focuses on facts and his honest opinions.

    So good luck Rich, but I’ll be there every day checking out the Kings coverage.

  • Cry Baby

    More access means better coverage…can’t wait!

  • AZKingsFan

    “…and the dog might be confused for a couple days…”

    That is quite possibly the best non-hockey related line ever posted on this blog. And you waited for your last post to do it; Rich, you’re a frigging genius!

    See you on the new site, good luck to whoever is left behind…

  • Matt R

    Good luck and see you there!

  • Moondoggie

    Best of luck Rich and the new site!

    To all of those I haven’t seen in a while….sorry, I’ve been away. Great to see y’all and looking forward to an awesome season!

    Go Kings! Playoffs in 2009-2010!!!!!!!!!

  • Kris

    Looks like the new page is somewhat up. Just admin post so far but not getting the error msg that I was earleyer. See you all there. Go Kings Go!

  • Jorgen

    Last one shuts the light…

  • Seattle757

    Thank you Rich so much for this blog! Before I knew of this blog, my source fro LA Kings news came from the LA Times, but as time went on the LA Times decided that Oklahoma football and everything else was more important than the Kings. It soon became just AP news clips. Now they don’t even acknowledge the Kings or the Ducks for that matter because as I was told people don’t follow hockey in Southern Cal.

    I searched around and I always remembered the LA Daily News would always be covering the Kings, I found your Blog and even though I may live 1,000 miles away in Seattle, I feel closer to the Kings than ever before. Thank you Rich for your coverage of the Kings and to the LA Daily News!

    Can’t wait to follow you on your new Blog!

  • Paul from Oxnard

    I probably missed it, but is this blog going away completely or is someone else taking it over?

  • Ersberg

    Jet-

    Kings 4
    Yotes 2

    Hi Moon, welcome back.

    See you guys over at the other site.

  • Winsomemore

    Rich, Is The Daily News going to archive the old stuff?

  • Shakes

    …i just wanted to be the last person to post here…

  • Lisa Lashaway

    Hi Rich, great post, will definately be hitting up LAkingsinsider for my fix of LA Kings hockey! Definate props to the Daily News for supporting you for so long…and have a GREAT first day on the job eh!!

  • Lisa Lashaway

    Hi Rich, great post, will definately be hitting up LAkingsinsider for my fix of LA Kings hockey! Definate props to the Daily News for supporting you for so long…and have a GREAT first day on the job eh!!

  • Lisa Lashaway

    Hi Rich, great post, will definately be hitting up LAkingsinsider for my fix of LA Kings hockey! Definate props to the Daily News for supporting you for so long…and have a GREAT first day on the job eh!!

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