The BSN Avalanche Podcast drops with AJ Haefele and Nathan Rudolph delving into the details on Martin Kaut and A.J. Greer and what next year could mean for both players.


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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    Do you see the Avs looking at Podkolzin at 4? Or is it more likely they go with Dach, Cozens, Krebs, Turcotte or even Byram?

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    After listening to this one has to conclude that if Sakic is successful in signing a free agent like Panarin or Skinner that someone else like Greer or ?? is out. I think this something we know but it is not really talked about.

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    Opening night best case?

    Panarin – MacKinnon – Kerfoot
    Landeskog – Jost – Rantanen
    Calvert – Soderberg – Compher
    Nieto – Kamenev – Kaut

    Girard – Makar
    Zadorov – Barrie
    Cole – Johnson


    Obviously there are almost endless ways to combine the Top 6 – I have a gut feeling that 29 needs 92 with him but don’t think that’s how the Avs would start things out. There’s no room to even consider bringing Bouque, Wilson or Andrighetto back in this scenario. Barberio at a mil and a half goes to Loveland. Hopefully Bowers is ready to replace Soderberg in ’20 – ‘ 21. Timmins replaces Barrie? Again, talking best case. You guys talked about some of the bottom 6 future replacements. Who knows how 2019 #4 and #16 fit in and what do we eventually get for Barrie.

    The future sure in heck appears to be extremely bright and will be fascinating to watch play out. Joe Sakic has the chance to be recognized as the best GM of his generation if he makes the right moves. He’s done a pretty masterful job since ’16 – ’17. Just getting Kerfoot, Nemeth and Nieto for free and the Duchene trade and Makar draft should earn him a bunch of respect.

    Those two silver banners need some friends.

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        It would be pretty damned stout, wouldn’t it? A whole bunch of talent and a fair amount of grit all over the ice on every shift. Wouldn’t it be nice to roll into San Jose or Anaheim and have them be the ones who are afraid of us again?

        If you think about it, all of it only depends on two things happening. They’re pretty significant things but there are only two of them – Sakic has to sign Panarin and Jost has to play like a legit 2C.

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          What I love is that it’s all talent you can keep. And you’d answer long-term questions about Kerfoot and Jost with that lineup. If they don’t take steps forward, you know you have to adjust in the future. If they do, you just keep rolling along.

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