New York Islander Fan Central | 9/07/2009 06:35:00 PM
I guess to a degree I have been sending mixed signals about New York Islander Fan Central since last season ended, this was never my intention.
The New York Islanders have a hockey game in seven days against the Vancouver Canucks on September 14th with the club traveling to Saskatoon on 9/12.
Shockingly it will be televised on Time Warner at 10pm and repeated but will be the only pre-season game televised or at least scheduled at this time.
The Islanders half hour season preview debuts around 9/21-22 and runs only a half hour.
New York Islander Fan Central will not be covering the 2009-10 season. If I wanted to keep things going here or even do this part-time I obviously could but I made my decision during last season and despite some blogging since 4/17, during the WC/NHL draft and some unexpected things happening like going audio for a brief time as an experiment (did not see that coming) I never changed my mind from what I decided in February.
Back on 7/29 I said it would be unfair to stop just before camp but I did extend things, left the blog viewable and the time went very quickly.
NYIFC did help what was a very quick summer go by even faster so it served a good purpose for everyone. I have done everything I wanted to test here in the last month and no longer have any need to do any more written blog entries and I got a great deal accomplished.
A month ago when the blog went private for a part of a week I got a bunch of very kind e-mails asking me to keep NYIFC visible or to keep doing the blog as I did at the end of last season knowing it would be tougher to stop just as hockey begins.
I have tried to be extra generous posting preview links with the articles lately to set everyone up as best as I could for 2009-10 because you have been so great here.
Sadly, having written this when the New York Islanders leave for Saskatoon to officially begin the 2009-10 season NYIFC is finished entirely.
I have written additional blog entries after this one here in the interim that will be released before Friday because hockey is always the story but when the team departs for Saskatoon that will be the official end of NYIFC.
At that time I will also be setting both blogs to private permanently.
I do not intend to update these pages or the sidebars any longer so to leave NYIFC visible is to present something that is sloppy and not fair to anyone.
You can always visit what these pages looked like with internet archives or Google cache old entries if you want to keep finding links from these pages. That's about it, as I have written a few times (or said by audio) the 4/17 entry was our real goodbye and one I cannot improve upon.
Of course, when the Minnesota Vikings come calling offering me twenty five million to do NYIFC over two years we'll be right back at it next week from Saskatoon.