For reference, Dahlen didn't demand to be traded. Unless you guys think he is flat out lying in an interview where he can easily be disproved by anyone from the Canucks organization.
Typical Canucks forum to be extremely biased whenever we trade away players.
FTF: If I could clear up some things then, did your agent ask for a trade?
JD: No, I don’t think so.
We had a little stuff down there in Utica where I really wanted to feel good about myself and have confidence in my game and play well. I don’t want to say anything bad about anybody, but I didn’t feel too good about my hockey game there.
To be honest, I just want to put it behind me, and I’m really excited to work with the great coaching staff here who have already made me feel a lot better about myself. I’m really ready to get going here and work hard and just be happy and love to play hockey.
FTF: Jim Benning said some young players these days don’t want to “pay their dues” to make it to the NHL. He was referring, in part, to you. Was that a fair assessment from him?
JD: I don’t know. To be honest, I’m just excited to be here and work hard and try to get to the next level.
But first of all, I want to be a good player in the American Hockey League. I haven’t even put my eyes on the NHL yet, I just want to play in the [AHL] first and make a good impression there.
Obviously, you can’t jump over a step, and that’s not what I want to do either because that would just look terribly wrong if I’m in the NHL and not good enough. I’m trying to develop my game here in the [AHL] and become a good player there first before I even think about taking the next step.
FTF: Benning also said the discrepancy between your camp and the Canucks was that your camp thought you should be in the NHL at some point this year. You’re saying that wasn’t a fair portrayal?
JD: No, I want to be a leading player in the [AHL] and play there.
I was trying really hard in Utica to earn minutes in key situations and working really hard to do it. But I’m just happy to be here and I want to try and earn minutes here with the Barracuda. It’s not like I have any eyes on the NHL yet because I’ve got a lot to work on to get there, for sure.
FTF: What was challenging about Utica?
JD: It’s a hard question.
It’s a great group of guys there. Great teammates. They’re really nice, everybody there. Great captains and vets and everything. Had a Grade-A experience with the team there.
I’m just happy to get a fresh start now. Try something else. Try to feel good about myself again. Get confidence.