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Part Three of a three-part series.

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.

The West

Anaheim--Brad May
To play as long as he has in the role he does is saying something.

Calgary--Owen Nolan
Literally a "greybeard," back from serious injuries to be a key piece in Calgary.

Chicago--Patrick Lalime
Goaltender has resurrected his career.

Colorado--Jose Theodore
See Patrick Lalime

Columbus--Fredrik Modin
Often battered, never bowed.

Dallas--Mike Modano
Passing P.Housley was no small feat.

Detroit--Dan Cleary
Another career reclaimed from the scrap heap.
(NOTE: if Darren McCarty makes it back to Detroit, he's the guy)

Edmonton--Ethan Moreau
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.

Minnesota--Keith Carney
I almost forgot he was still playing.

Nashville--Greg de Vries
Undrafted, but approaching 800 NHL games as a reliable rearguard and quiet leader.

Phoenix--Steven Reinprecht
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

Vancouver--Trevor Linden
Not only for his years of service, but for his work in getting the league back on the ice after the lockout.

Thanks for Reading!
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February 22, 2008 11:44 AM ET | Delete
Edmonton's should be Pisani - who came back from a serious illness and over 30lbs lost in August to be playing again in Decemeber - great story.
February 22, 2008 12:05 PM ET | Delete
Yeah, I think Pisani has it locked up but he does have competition from Ozolinch
February 22, 2008 1:36 PM ET | Delete
the winner will be Blake in TO.....Cancer Leafs = Trophy
February 22, 2008 4:11 PM ET | Delete
I try to support de Vries here in Nashville, but it's often difficult. He's appears in all matters to be a really good guy and a does bring sportsmanship. However, he's almost too quiet (and seems too slow to me, which is a concern having little to do with the Masterton I guess). But my analysis is really meaningless compared to that of those who coach and play NHL hockey. I do continue to notice the positives he brings - just wish there were more.
February 22, 2008 7:49 PM ET | Delete
The guy is a punk, but give me Owen Nolan from the Western candidates.
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