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Canadiens make Max Pacioretty their Masterton nominee

Mar 13, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

Max Pacioretty AP

Not a whole lot has gone right for the Montreal Canadiens this season, yet one story shines as an undeniable inspiration. The Habs decided to name Max Pacioretty as their candidate for the 2012 Bill Masterton Trophy.

In case you’re unfamiliar, the trophy is awarded to the player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” Pacioretty has had his run-ins with Brendan Shanahan’s disciplinary committee this season so maybe the sportsmanship part might not be his strong suit, but the other two factors have been on full display.

(To be fair regarding the Kris Letang hit, Pacioretty showed class in immediately apologizing for the check.)

After withstanding an incredibly unlucky hit from Zdeno Chara last season, many would find it hard to believe that Pacioretty would bounce back to score 30 goals and 27 assists for 57 points this season. In fact, some wondered if he’d ever play (or even walk) again.

(Mark Recchi wasn’t in that club.)

His season’s certainly been an example of perseverance, so the Habs probably didn’t need to deliberate the choice for very long. Who are some other players from other teams who come to mind as good candidates for the award, though?

  1. habsman - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    “After withstanding an incredibly unlucky hit from Zdeno Chara last season…..”


    It wasn’t unlucky, it was a deliberate attempt to injure, a cheap shot, cowardly act that almost ruined a young mans career. And Chara got off scot free thanks to Greg Campbell and his daddy Colie who ignored many incidents by the Bruins over the past couple of years. How many games would Chara get today for that cheap shot?

    • solador78 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      Chara would get exactly the same number of games since they’re in a playoff race and Shanahan is accountable to Campbell, Bettman and NHL Chairman Jeremy Jacobs.

      Pacioretty can have his trophy if it’ll make him feel better, but it can’t take away the round 1, game 7 OT theft (after additional headshots by Ferrence on Halpern) that led to the Stanley Cup.

    • sabatimus - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:00 AM

      Shut your idiot pie hole, trollbag.

  2. drewzducks - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    The Chara hit would have been nothing if they’d had the Maxi-pads in place along the benches/glass last year. Seems fine now except that he plays for an embarrassment of a team. Maybe Dr. Recchi’s prognosis wasn’t that far off after all.

  3. bct11554 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Habsman you tool. You are a pathetic excuse of a human being

  4. spizzjr - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    No one from the islanders will win but I’d say thee candidate should absolutely be Nabokov without him carrying that team the isles would probably get the first pick in the draft

  5. daveydawg - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Im glad he wasn’t really hurt, it could have been awful…. Was happy to hear he was at the movie theater a day later

    • solador78 - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      Check your facts: He was seriously hurt and never went to a movie theater “a day later.”

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