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Psst - How about those empty seats down by the glass?

I've been trying to find the right words for this post all day, and I'm still not quite sure what I'm going to say. As many of you know, I've been contributing part time at Mile High Hockey since its inception (and by "part-time", I mean "not as often as I had promised"). After some extra wordy discussions with Joe and Mike from MHH this week, I have decided to join Mile High on a full-time basis. I'll essentially be doing the same thing I've been doing for the last couple of years (recaps and other various Avalanche noodling); I'll just be doing it there instead of here.

Why, you ask? Mostly, because Joe asked me. I know he's worked his ass off to build Mile High Hockey into a terrific Avalanche community. He's gone all the way from underwear-in-the-basement to just shy of dee-lux-apartment-in-the-sky in a short period of time. And he wants make MHH even bigger (but he's very busy working towards earning his GED or something). Since there's a lot of overlap between the two sites - in readers, content and editorial bias - so it seemed to make sense for us to pool our resources so to speak. I believe that most readers here are already familiar with MHH and may be reading both sites anyway. For them, this consolidation should make life a little easier. If there's any ITCS fans not familiar with Mile High Hockey, I hope you'll take the opportunity to check us out. I'm very excited to help make MHH your new internet overlord. Or something.

I started this blog back in August of 2006. At the time, I didn't really have any idea what I was going to do with the place (as you can see from my first post). I knew almost nothing about blogging. I just knew I wanted to write (I've always fancied myself more as a writer than a blogger). At first, I was aiming to talk about hockey and sports in general, but before long I gravitated towards writing about the one topic that I love the most - the Colorado Avalanche (and hockey jerseys, of course). 640 posts and almost 380,000 words later, I'm literally floored by how many people visit this place every day. For everyone who allowed me to clog up their browser with too many words...a profound thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I also want to thank Dario for his occasional - but always entertaining - guest posts and insightful commentary. You added a sense of legitimacy to the site, my friend, and I really appreciate it.

I don't really know what's going to happen to the Cheap Seats. It won't go away entirely, but any new Avalanche content will be at Mile High Hockey. I'm still going to be working on the game reports - maybe I'll update the progress on those over here for the three of you interested in that. I'll probably keep the game list widget updated (if for no other reason than the fact that I use it quite a bit) and I'll keep the vs last year widget updated too. Some of this may get incorporated into MHH. Or maybe it won't be - if there's something you'd really like to see moved, let us know. I'll still be checking comments here, and all the contact information will still work.

Thank you again for your patronage and I hope to see you all in my new home.