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To everyone who has followed us over from our old digs of nearly three-and-a-half years, and to those who are checking us out for the first time, welcome to the latest incarnation of Japers' Rink.

There are two things we want to mention in this post, then we'll get back to talking hockey; the first is what to expect from the new site. For those of you familiar with the previous site, the changes are for the better - the coverage will be similar, but even deeper.  We'll still be slicing and dicing up Washington Capitals hockey and the rest of the NHL, and your "go to" features from the old site (like the "What We're Reading" sidebar) have made the transition to the new site. But now we've got FanPosts and FanShots (more on those in a minute) to bring everyone a little closer to the blogging action. So plan to wear out that F5 key - you'll never want to leave the site.

The second thing we wanted to talk about is why we moved from our cozy little corner of the internet to SB Nation. To begin with, we believe in the model (cool three years ago, still cool now), we believe in the people running it and the people behind it, and we believe in the bloggers writing it.

But more to the point, we made this move because it facilitates the discussion and interaction we've always tried to cultivate in our little online community - it's about you as much as it's about us. The technology, tools and usability here at SB Nation are phenomenal and getting better all the time, and once you all start to take full advantage of everything the site has to offer, well, like I said - you'll never want to leave except to follow the occasional link.

So thanks for stopping by and we hope you stay as long as you want (and pay no mind as we tweak a few things here and there to get this baby purrin' the way we want it). Lastly, special thanks go out to Trei, Tyler, Michael, Jon and Jim and the other folks that made this happen behind the scenes.

Now back to your regularly scheduled hockey blogging...