The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele and Andi Duroux breaking down the regular season finale and briefly looking ahead on the upcoming playoff series against the Calgary Flames. They also look back on the 82 games that got us to this point.


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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    – Makar wasn’t just ‘presumably’ a fan of the Flames, he’s tweeted about them in the past, most recently when they retired Iginla’s number.

    – If they have a chance to play Makar they should absolutely play him. He’s capable of electrifying the playoffs for the Avs. Look no further than what Poehling did Saturday. The Avs need every bit of help they can get.

    Here are a couple of pretty good candidates for MacKinnon’s best goal of the regular season:

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    gotta disagree with Timmons and Kamanev. Timmons will always get a second, third and fourth look. Not so with Kamanev. And I don’t think how much it hurt the Avs when we lost Kamanev as our 4th line center.

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    Great to hear another take on the Avs.
    Please have Andi back again sometime.

    On playing Makar in the playoffs, I don’t see the upside for anyone.
    It doesn’t matter one bit to me how dominant he has been this year at the college level. I think it’s a stretch to think he would have any type of meaningful impact in the NHL playoffs. It has been said many times that this isn’t the year the Avs could win it all. I would agree with that. And I think they’re more than one player away from having a legit shot a skating with The Stanley Cup.

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    What a weird year. Year of extremes.

    We were one of the best in the NHL in the beginning

    We were the worst in the NHL in the middle

    We finished the best in the NHL.

    Losing like 14 in OT

    Let’s smooth it out next year and clinch with 5 games left.


    Free agent

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