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Avalanche Podcast: Discussing the Wild, 2022 Championship memories and Hart Trophy with The Athletic’s Joe Smith

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) skates the puck up ice in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Ball Arena in Denver on Wednesday, March 06, 2024. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

In the latest episode of the Avalanche Ink podcast, writer Corey Masisak delves into the Hart Trophy race, 2022 Championship memories, and more with The Athletic’s Joe Smith.

In the most recent episode of the Avalanche Ink podcast, writer Corey Masisak interviews Joe Smith, who writes about the Minnesota Wild and NHL for The Athletic. Some of the topics covered include:

  • His experiences covering the opposing team during the 2022 Stanley Cup Final as a Lightning writer.
  • What he picked up from the Lightning’s mini-dynasty and what the Avalanche might achieve.
  • What went awry for the Wild this year, and is there optimism for the Avs’ division opponents?
  • What makes Nikita Kucherov a contender for the Hart Trophy?
  • The comparison between Brock Faber and Connor Bedard in the Calder Trophy race, which is hotly debated in the NHL.
  • The experience of being blindfolded, spun around, and throwing darts.

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