The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele and Nathan Rudolph going into which free agents could help the Avs and which Colorado might want to stay away from.


A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.


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    I would like straight up goal scorers.
    We have to break out of the centers that pass 1st routine. I don’t think anyone would describe Kerfoot, Jost, Kamanev, Soda, Bowers as shooters. Nor would I say we have wingers that straight up shoot. I understand centers distributing but to who. I want a sniper.
    We need a Heyduk type player, Debrincat. Skinner is off the board. We never talk about “that shot.” Maybe Mack but we all know his level. I’m talking a bonafide shooter.

    Is it crazy to jump to 10 and take Caulfield. If he’s there.

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    Another great one, guys.

    If Anders Lee is the consolation prize for not getting Panarin I will dance on the roof of my house naked. Unfortunately I think the Avs have less of a chance at him than Panarin. +1 to everything you guys said plus he’s only missed 3 games in the last 4 seasons. He would be just what the doctor ordered. Lamoriello will not let him get off Long Island. I think the only chance would be if he decided he wanted to get to 7/1 just to talk to some teams and someone blew him away with a shitload of money and term. But they’re still not going to let their new captain go a year after losing their last one.

    OK AJ, answer this if you dare and pretend no whiny BSN subscriber will throw it back at you if it doesn’t happen: what percentage do you put on Panarin wanting to come here? You said several times “if he wants to come here.” We’ve all heard the same stuff from all the usual suspects (you know, the guys who told us EK65 was going to Tampa when you heard he was going to SJ) , his girlfriend wants to model in NY, he wants to live at the beach, he wants to play for Q again, he wants to play with his buddy Bob. Does he want to come here or are we getting Kevin Hayes and shutting the hell up about it?

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