Donnie & Dhali: Rick Dhaliwal on the Vancouver Canucks pursuit of some NCAA complimentary representatives and why didn’t pursue some others.
** NHLRumors.com transcription
Dhaliwal: “The Canucks are believed, are the front-runners right now to land Minnesota State defenseman Akito Hirose. I believe the Canucks, number one target for defensemen. Keep an eye on this. As of night, morning they’re still going back and forth.”
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Don Taylor: “He’s a lefty right?”
- Rick Dhaliwal: Elliotte Friedman on if the Canucks are going to Hirose: “I believe so, it is the most likely destination, he could be there this week.”
Dhaliwal: “He’s a lefty Donnie. There’s two teams left, two or three, the Canucks are right there. They’re expected to get this kid.”
I wish to raise the leading 2 NCAA right-shot defense. Not going to wind up in Vancouver. Jake Livingstone and Sam Malinski. Livingstone’s the (crest ??) and BC kid
Taylor: “He’s Hirose’s defense partner at Minnesota State.”
Dhaliwal: “He’s Hirose’s defense. But I believe …”
Taylor: “Coach Mike Craig T. Nelson.”
Dhaliwal: “But I believe that Hirose, not Livingstone, was the Canucks number one target. So we’ll see how that ends up but it looks pretty good that they’re going to land him.”
Taylor: “And you pointed out Malinski.
Dhaliwal: “Malinski’s out of Cornell. He’s another right-shot D. He’s got a lots of groups after him however, we had this argument, Donnie, Shane Malloy stated the Canucks are a location totally free representatives. I’m not so sure about that. Not yet.
Seven of the last 8 years they have actually not made the playoffs. They got a long method to go.”
Taylor: “But that’s what you want.”
Dhaliwal: “Okay, however not everyone. I can’t sit hear and inform you why Malinski and Livingstone don’t wish to pertain to Vancouver. There’s got to be factors. Who’s the advancement group? What does the farm group appear like?
Seattle’s got a brand name brand-new farm group in Coachella Valley, brand name brand-new center, that’s going to draw in complimentary representatives. Who’s the advancement group?”
Taylor: “I think the opportunity is number one of the list isn’t it?”
Dhaliwal: “A lot of factors Donnie. Lot of tire fires in Vancouver this year too right? People around the hockey world, the way (Bruce) Boudreau was treated, the Rachel Doerrie incident. There was an incident with the old…”
Taylor: “That’s all in the past.”
Dhaliwal: “Donnie, hockey people remember those things. Lot of tire fires in Vancouver this year Don.”
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Taylor: “If you are an NCAA, undrafted college free agent, you’ve got your choice of several teams, would you rather go, and I’ll go extreme here. Would you rather go to Boston right now, or would you rather go to San Jose? Which is by-the-way, taken over the 32nd spot in the National Hockey League in the Bedard sweepstakes.”
Dhaliwal: “That’s right, they have.”
Taylor: “So where would you rather go? I’d rather go to the tire fire.”