“These days I miss strangers
More than I miss my associates” – Death Cab For Cutie
Dear Stars followers,
On Friday, Vox, the guardian firm of SB Nation, introduced its choice to fully de-fund virtually each NHL group website, efficient the top of February (, actually proper earlier than one of many busiest site visitors instances of the season with the commerce deadline on March third). Defending Big D is one in all them.
To say it has been overwhelming for the reason that announcement that got here with little warning to us could be an understatement. Many of you need to know what’s subsequent. Where will we go from right here? Will there be a Stars group wherever once more?
We need to know that too.
While I shouldn’t have the solutions right now, and have many extra questions than semblances of solutions for now, simply know that we’re this as a chance. It’s an opportunity for us to proceed doing what we would like, how we would like. We had been pushed for greater than a yr to do no matter obligatory to extend our web page views to make SB Nation more cash whereas receiving even much less sources than we had beforehand (which, let’s be clear right here, none of us made something near a dwelling wage doing this. Hell, many people barely made sufficient to cowl the subscriptions we would have liked to assist the evaluation we wished to do right here.)
We might have bowed down and gone with extra “click on-bait” type tales, however we have at all times held ourselves to a excessive skilled customary. It’s one of many main causes we have constructed such a beautiful group and have been supplied entry to cowl this group alongside extra conventional media retailers.
As we proceed to contemplate how we are able to finest serve the group that we have put our time, power, and dedication to constructing over the course of the previous 14 seasons, I wished to take the time to say thanks. Thank you for supporting us, for studying us, for arguing with us, for telling us we had been fallacious, for giving us concepts and shout-outs for the work we put in to offer evaluation of the Dallas Stars (and for that one time somebody proposed to me within the feedback). For recognizing that we did this on prime of full-time jobs, and households, and private tragedies, and pandemics.
To the Dallas Stars executives, hockey operations, entrance workplace personnel, coaches, and gamers who’ve given us your time and entry: you’re a world-class group. We by no means might have turn into what we did with out your assist. The response we have now acquired for the reason that information got here out exhibits the standard character employed all through the group. We hope you may keep on with us as we undergo this transition and sit up for offering the protection this group wants on this hockey city. Because we’re a hockey city.
To everybody who has ever written for us – Brandon, Brad, Erin, Brandon B, Art, Robert, David, Rob, Pat, and the others I’m absolutely forgetting – and our present workers: there aren’t any phrases to explain how great you might be. There’s no person I’d ever need to do that with than all of you. Your humility, insights, group, dedication, and fervour are unmatched. I like you.
Now, I’ve a favor to ask of our group members and supporters. If you may take this brief survey to assist us make some knowledgeable choices as we assess what our future could possibly be, we’d be eternally grateful. We need to take into consideration what you need and the way you need it, the type and subjects you want, and what you hope for as we transition our group sooner or later.
Just know, we have now each intention of ending out this season whereas we work on defining what’s subsequent for this group. We hope you may observe us on this journey.