The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele and Nathan Rudolph breaking down the Patrick Marleau situation, the RFA market and what to watch for in summer trades.


A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for BSN Denver. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the BSN Denver draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the BSN Avalanche podcast.

  • (Don’t roll your eyes…) What if also taking Marleau is what finally makes Barrie for Nylander happen? Not only would the Leafs recoup the Marleau cap space but for a season they’d get almost 1.5 million on the Barrie/Nylander swap. We’d have to buyout Marleau in that case because there’d be no room for both those guys. I’d eat 6 million bucks for 5 years of Nylander. I do agree with you guys on taking Kadri or Kapanen and Marleau for a 2nd. Sign me up.

    BTW – you can’t use someone else’s picks for an offer sheet so getting a third from Vegas wouldn’t help – not that an offer sheet is going to happen anyway. The Avs would have to get their 3rd back from Florida to use it for an offer sheet.

    Another great podcast, you guys are really helping to get through this damned interesting (and critical) summer.

    • Yeah the point of plucking picks from elsewhere wouldn’t be to use it in an offer sheet, just to get the pick.

      If Marleau pushed a Barrie/Nylander deal across the finish line, that would be fine with me. Both teams would get big boosts in areas of need.

      • Oh yeah, I got your guys larger point but earlier in the discussion Rudo offhandedly said something like, yeah they could take the third they get from Vegas and then they’d would have one for have an offer sheet. He probably just had a brain fart and knows that doesn’t work. Not a big deal,

  • I thought I heard the NHL and Bettman were not happy with us doing the Orpik cap dump and put something in place to block doing this?

  • Great podcast AJ. All of them. It is also cool to have Nathan on the PC too. His perspective is great. You guys are covering all the possible Avs moves and potential draft and FA players well. It seems like it all boils down to how well Sakic plays his hand this summer. Hopefully our response will be a total right on and wow, time to win a cup, not the WHAT???? I liked your take on playing vulture with teams in cap trouble. If Sakic does that, hopefully he will be vicious and pickup some awesome goods for the Avs without wasting assets. Can’t wait to see how this all plays out. My only suggestion for the PC would be to bring back your little music ditty at the start of each PC, It just seems to fire you up even more to listen to the PC. A little happy moment. Details….

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