The Islanders’ season is over, which for us here at IPB means we’re going to take our foot off the accelerator for a little bit. Have no fear — we’ll still be here working hard all summer with draft coverage (which Alan is working feverishly on, as you can see), free agency and a whole lot more. But as the weather gets warmer and things slow down in the Isles’ world, we’ll be taking a few breaks here and there to rest and refuel, in addition to brainstorming and preparing for next season.

First off, a sincere thank you to all of you who continue to read the site and bleed blue and orange. I know I speak for all of us when I say that we truly appreciate all your support, passion and energy you bring to the site. It’s cliche to say, but we truly wouldn’t be doing this without you. And even though times are tough, don’t worry you’re not alone — we’ve had over 2.2 million pageviews since October. Islander Country is still strong and still out there.

While we’re wrapping things up, there are a few people I want to thank personally for the help over the past half year.

First and foremost, thanks to Chris Botta for letting us onto his site and allowing us to run with our stories and ideas. Also congratulations to Chris, as he will be joining Sports Business Journal/Daily as of May 1.

Thanks also to Alan and Keith, who have done an excellent job with the site from game reports and videos to exclusive interviews and draft previews. You may not be aware, but we are all doing this part-time with families, jobs and what have you. So I’d like to thank them for ignoring their loved ones in favor of Islander blogging.

Additional thanks to Fred, Adam, Ted and the rest of the staff at SNY that have given us tremendous support and help throughout the year. Thanks also to Jesse Eisenberg with the Islanders for accommodating us during the season.

We’ll be moving forward into full coverage of the draft in June and free agency on July 1st as well as other issues that need to be tackled this off-season (cough… defense). So stay tuned over the summer for all of that goodness. We’d also love to hear from you. Comments both positive and constructive are appreciated as to what we can do to make your experience better.

Thanks for your support,

Kevin Schultz