Mar 14, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT
The NHL’s 30 teams are starting to roll out their nominees for the 2012 Bill Masterton Trophy, and so far, the choices have leaned toward star power.
The Montreal Canadiens turned to Max Pacioretty‘s inspiring return from injury (not to mention his 30 goals) and the Philadelphia Flyers decided to tab fresh-from-KHL-exile Jaromir Jagr for their choice.
The trophy is awarded to the player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”
(Nothing says “perseverance” quite like skating alongside arguably the best young talent in the NHL in Claude Giroux, right? Just kidding.)
Beloved Flyers tough guy Ian Laperriere took home the 2011 trophy despite missing the entire 2010-11 season, so Jagr represents about as different a story as you could get from year-to-year. Whether the future Hall-of-Famer wins it or not, his season has been a smash success for the Flyers.
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- Sharks sign Joel Ward to three-year deal 21
- Sabres lock up O’Reilly through 2022-23 71
- Locked in: Columbus signs Saad to six-year, $36M deal 27
- Oilers sign McDavid to entry-level contract 29
- ‘Hawks would like to re-sign Oduya, but still working through ‘financial hurdles’ 17
- Trade: Caps acquire Oshie from Blues for Brouwer, Copley and draft pick 73
- Voynov takes plea, gets 90 days in jail plus probation 66
- Blockbuster: Kessel traded to the Penguins (131)
- Trade: Flyers send Rinaldo to Bruins for 2017 third-rounder (105)
- Trade: Jackets land Saad; Anisimov and Dano headed to Chicago (93)
- Bypassing a buyout? Kings terminate Richards’ contract for ‘material breach’ (90)
- Trade: Caps acquire Oshie from Blues for Brouwer, Copley and draft pick (73)