Part Three of a three-part series.
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Here are my nominees from each team for this year's Masterton Trophy.
This does not mean that I think each has an equal shot at the trophy, just that each is the most deserving from his team.
To play as long as he has in the role he does is saying something.
Literally a "greybeard," back from serious injuries to be a key piece in Calgary.
Goaltender has resurrected his career.
See Patrick Lalime
Often battered, never bowed.
Passing P.Housley was no small feat.
Another career reclaimed from the scrap heap.
(NOTE: if Darren McCarty makes it back to Detroit, he's the guy)
Missed over a year, now serves as a fearless leader.
Los Angeles--Dan Cloutier
Stuck it out in the minors for the worst team in the league.
I almost forgot he was still playing.
Nashville--Greg de Vries
Undrafted, but approaching 800 NHL games as a reliable rearguard and quiet leader.
Also undrafted, has battled injuries for years; now part of the up-and-coming Coyotes.
San Jose--Sandis Ozolinsh
Back from the brink of oblivion, onto one of the top teams in the West.
St. Louis--Jay McKee
See Fredrik Modin
Not only for his years of service, but for his work in getting the league back on the ice after the lockout.
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