The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele and Jesse Montano breaking down the 4-2 loss by the Colorado Avalanche to the Buffalo Sabres.

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AJ Haefele

This Aurora, Colorado native moved to Katy, Texas at a young age but found himself right back at home in 2009 and would begin covering the Avalanche a year later.

Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. has been providing detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at the Avalanche and their divisional foes since 2010.

  • cerveau

    Haven’t been able to listen to the podcast yet, will do later today, but here are my thoughts:
    – I’m beginning to lose my faith in Bednar. He seems to be doing what Roy did: constantly changing up his lines to find the perfect fit. Sorta like the Avs constanly passing to find the perfect shot instead of just shooting.
    It seems to me he ought to go back to the games we won decisively, and do more of what we did there, before we changed things up.
    – It’s hard for me to imagine losing one guy, Landy, can make or beak our team. We played a good game without him, before Bednar started changing the lineup again. If we lose Landy and EJ again we’re doomed.
    – I look forward to having both Landy and Nemeth back. We need the muscle for the upcoming games.
    – for the Washington game… go back to the lineup we had for the last Washington game. IOW keep doing what works.
    Just my uneducated opinion, which I’m guessing will get shot down by the more educated opinions around here.

    • Charlie Anderson

      Education schmeducation Cerveau, you’re right on. Bednar is exactly the wrong person for this rebuild. The Avs need his opposite. They need someone to ride the roller-coaster with them. That means yelling at them when they are stupid. And yelling at refs when they are stupid. They need someone that can say, or yell, “Come on we’re the underdog, lets fight harder, lets get angry, lets get our crowd into it, win or lose.” He seems to be trying to take the passion and emotion out of them. While I understand that approach with a young team, all it’s resulting in right now is boring play and a depressed team making lots of mistakes because they are too nervous in his system. Plus his decision making sucks in general, in my humble opinion.

      I also think that Landy AND Nemeth have been a BIG loss. Landy was our leading goal scorer until last night, and Nemeth is probably the only Av with a + number right now. Both of those guys were a big part of the early success.

  • Durdles

    1 – Love the pod, but can we get a volume boost and some normalization?
    2 – The AJ/Jesse line should be the first line. Sorry Dater, too much yelling at clouds.

  • Response as I listen:
    – The curling shot you’re so impressed with is called a draw to the button (that circle in the middle). It’s not actually that hard a shot – when I played I could do it. In any case, there are much more impressive shots to be made, so yeah you do sound like guys who know nothing about curling 😉
    – Kerfoot looks like he has no idea how to play defense.
    – The EJ slide is okay because he’s very long and covers like half the ice. That one was poorly timed.
    – Varly was overall good this game, and overall this season has been fine. No way should the Avs lose this game with Varly playing well. You’re not going to get Varly playing well every game, so when it happens that *must* win.
    – I think the issue with the powerplay is really that the second unit is useless. It really should be focused on getting Yakupov the puck for the big shot. Instead they just pass it around and try to jam the net.
    – I’m glad MacKinnon is playing well, but I’m not convinced he’s a superstar yet. Let’s see if he can keep it up before anointing him.
    – I think MacKinnon is *really* missing Landeskog on that line. I don’t think he trust anyone else except Rantanen and Landy.
    – I think this is the point where we’ll look back and say “this is where the season was lost”
    – The reason the offside call seemed stupid is because the defenseman didn’t look like he shot it in – he looked like he carried it in. But he didn’t and the refs did make the right call
    – Gerard has looked largely godawful lately. Starting to look like keeping him up was a mistake.
    – Re: Toninato. Keep in mind he played almost every shift with Bourque. I would have liked to see him with better offensive players.
    – AJ should really stop talking about curling AND gender differences in athletics.
    – Kerfoot should come off the first powerplay and Soderberg should go there in his place.
    – What really needs to happen is the Soderberg line needs to be split up. Soderberg should be the second line center, Comeau should be 3rd line, and Nieto should be 4th line. Put Kerfoot on the 2nd line at winger or third line center.
    – Jost doesn’t look NHL-ready to me. But honestly who would you call up and put in his place? This team’s forward depth is looking rather pathetic.
    – Compher has 3rd line center written all over him in my opinion.
    – I think if the Avs are completely out of playoff contention by New Years, Bednar should be fired. I would give him till the end of the December to start turning things around.
    – Andrighetto seems to have completely lost his confidence, and it shows.
    – I’m happy with Rantanen. His role right now is to be the guy who can keep up with MacKinnon, get him the puck and get open. As that guy he’s doing well.
    – I don’t expect this team to be a playoff team. I also don’t expect them to lose 4 of 5 homes games.
    – The Avs are a .500 team right now 1/3 of the way through the season. I totally expect this to be the turning point in the season one way or another.
    – The refs were shit. An interference call on Zadorov and yet MacKinnon and Rantanen get interfered with on every play and no call.

    Thanks for the podcast boys. I hope you got some sleep.

  • Av-a-dabba-doo

    I agree with you, AJ, regarding players’ sliding — it’s situational. I’d go as far as to say that I have seen it constitute a terrific, rush-breaking defensive play. I also felt the same way you did about our power play. That fact that we managed two goals on them obscures the reality that overall they were quite weak and ineffective.

    BTW, you might disagree with this; totally fine: I think hockey (specifically the NHL) is the best-officiated sport in the country, and by a significant margin. I actually feel that it is very well reffed.