The BSN Avalanche Podcast returns with AJ Haefele and Nathan Rudolph examining the players still seeking jobs in free agency and talking about Jared Bednar’s two-year extension.

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. 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 DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast.

  • Great pod. Great comments on the leftover FA’s, on Gusev, on Bednar on the Avs recognizing what they were lacking and trying to address it. Agree right down the line. I think there’s a pretty good chance we might be saying next Spring that they got deeper and tougher but they didn’t abandon their mantra of younger/faster.

    If they’re not going to get Gusev I also hope they just call it for the summer as far as tinkering with the forwards. I hope they can get Gusev. The upside is crazy. Go get him. I know you guys know this but it wouldn’t be Gusev blocking Kaut or Bowers or Kamenev, it would be Bellemare and Nieto and Calvert. And I really have grown to appreciate Calvert and Nieto and probably will Bellemare also but that’s just the situation. Developing the younger guys shouldn’t be a reason not to try to find a way to fit Gusev in.

  • If we have $23m in cap
    $9m Mikko Suave $14m
    JT & Bura $3.5m each $7
    Kam $1m
    Leaves $6m

    We can’t do $8m Dzingal

  • The Blues are full of not small hardass D men. Boston DOES have Chara. I see Z very much like Chara. And not just because they both had 14 points last season. Chara didn’t take off offensively until his 6th season in the NHL. And I’ll bet he was getting more PP time than Z is ever going to get. Are we sure you can win a Cup, that’s 16 games in the playoffs, without some real grit in your lineup, including and especially on your blue line?

    These pods are great. You guys are awesome, thanks for all the great shows!

  • Nathan, I do recommend getting the DNA test for the dog because it will help inform you on both behavior and, more importantly, potential health issues. It definitely helped me with Howler (who is a Great Pyrenees/Kelpie mix, AJ!), understanding why he barks and how to train him. 🙂

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