Raffi Torres: Masterton Nominee

Jonathan Willis
April 02 2009 10:17AM

Torres

Former Oiler Raffi Torres is the Columbus Blue Jackets’ nominee for the Masterton Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”

It’s also known as “that award the league gives out to Jason Blake because he plays for Toronto rather than to Fernando Pisani despite the fact that Pisani’s hair follicles have more heart than the combined heart of Jason Blake even if Jason Blake were cloned into an army of pale, whiny Jason Blakes.” Admittedly, the trophy’s only described that way on the wall of Wanye’s current cardboard residence, but the point stands. After all, Bobby Clarke won the thing so I don’t think that “sportsmanship” enters into it.

Torres has had a nice bounce-back year once he returned from injury; his pre-injury numbers were very bad but he’s salvaged that somewhat with 12 goals on the year so far. Meanwhile, Gilbert Brule has 13 goals in the AHL, so there’s no doubt as to which team has benefited more on the ice from this summer’s trade. I’ve always maintained that Torres was under-appreciated here in Edmonton; he was frightfully inconsistent, but even when he wasn’t scoring he wasn’t bleeding chances against and nobody can tell me that his physical game hasn’t been missed this season.

I very much doubt that he wins the award.

As for the Oilers, I’m not sure who is going to get the nod from the media writers in this town, but my guess would be that after seven seasons in seven different leagues and an ugly injury this year, Steve MacIntyre will be nominated for the award.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 Victoria
April 02 2009, 07:21PM
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Harlie wrote:

and making 10X the amount of money is the very definition of rags to riches.

Here, I'll make it easy for you.

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#52 Jonathan Willis
April 02 2009, 07:50PM
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Regardless of whether it's money or just playing situation, MacIntyre made a heck of a journey from the WHA2, CEHL, UHL, QSPHL, ECHL and AHL to the NHL.

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#53 Harlie
April 02 2009, 08:37PM
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@ Victoria:

Read the page from the start. I quoted a_ron and then you piled on like the third man in. You start it. I'll finish it.

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#54 Victoria
April 02 2009, 11:19PM
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@ Harlie: In other words, you have no argument anymore, so you have to deflect what we're talking about. You didn't finish anything, you sure have been owned a number of times, though.

You bashed Roli, I responded. You got a problem with people shooting you down? Don't speak in public.

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