As Green Day's version of Avril Lavigne famously sings, "every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." Unfortunately, today is that end for Tonight's Healthy Scratches. With that said, we're excited to announce a new partnership with Bloguin's main hockey blog, Puck Drunk Love, which will begin effective immediately.
We are extremely excited about this move. While we are very loyal to and thankful for our readers here, we will be exposed to a wealth of new readers at Puck Drunk Love. We'll be posting more frequently and under the direction of managing editor David Rogers and myself in a lesser editorial role, which should drive the quality of our content through the roof. We hope you'll join us, if for no other reason than to see if I'm just blowing smoke up your ass.
Before we left in the middle of the night like the Baltimore Colts, I wanted to make sure our small, yet loyal, readership knew how much I truly appreciated their part in making this site so special to me. When we started this project 15 months ago, myself, Frank Castaldi and Brian McCormack were at different stages of our careers, and the former two were flirting with irrelevance.
Our work here has not only been enjoyable, but it's started to pay dividends as well. We've gotten recognition from a number of reputable hockey scribes, such as Sean Gentille of The Sporting News, and Katie Baker of ESPN's Grantland. As many of you know, Brian has been working as an intern with Stan Fischler since the early summer and I've begun what I hope is the start of a long, illustrious career at ESPN. And now we both move on together from this space to a bigger stage.
You are to thank for a good chunk of that success. Your page views, your comments, your "likes" on Facebook and retweets on Twitter all kept our motor running strong enough for us to continue to churn out more content. And on a more personal note, it came at a time in my life when I needed it most. I met and became friendly with many of you since we launched, and your support means the world to me.
Also, before going, I wanted to take the time to single out a few other individuals who have contributed to our site, either directly or indirectly. Obviously Frank, one of our founding members, was terrific despite having to step aside during last year's playoff run due to personal reasons. We all enjoyed his take on the Rangers-Flyers 24/7 series and are appreciative of the work he's done here.
Christian Arnold, now of New York Hockey Journal, became an integral piece of our playoff coverage last season. We wish him all the best, especially now that he isn't freezing his face off outside the NHL offices through the middle of the night. And the next time we run a live blog, we fully expect to see him pop in and give his take on the day's events.
I also wanted to thank a few guys at Bloguin who made this site look way prettier than we ever imagined. Our CEO Ben Koo, Dave Kelsey, our Network Operations Manager, and Derek Hanson, Bloguin's President, all played crucial roles in ensuring the success of our site. I'm sure I've been a pain in their asses more than once (and will continue to be) but they've been incredibly helpful every step of the way. Thank you, gentlemen, for helping craft our vision.
We've thoroughly enjoyed bringing you our skewed take on hockey's biggest news, both on and off the ice, and sincerely hope you'll continue to follow us at PDL.
Thanks for reading. Now hey, how about a hug?