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.

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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.

  • 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.

    Gone:
    Varly
    Nemeth
    Sven
    Bourque
    Wilson

    In:
    Makar
    Kuat
    Bowers
    Free agent
    (Hughes-Kappo-Dach-Cozins-Byram)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • – 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:

    https://www.nhl.com/video/mackinnon-pots-second-goal/t-300000238/c-63448503

    https://www.nhl.com/video/mackinnon-blasts-home-one-timer/t-299964768/c-62281503

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