Raffi Torres: Masterton Nominee

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.

  • Hippy

    @ a_ron:

    Roloson's a good guess too. I thought about him, but MacIntyre's a much bigger rags-to-riches sort of story. We'll know in a couple of days, although I imagine Brownlee could give us a hint early.

  • Hippy

    humantorch wrote:

    The league will probably just give it to Blake for the second year in a row because he’s just that dedicated.

    Or Curtis Joseph – sure, he's sucked this year, but it sucks more to suck in Toronto than it sucks to suck anywhere else.

  • Hippy

    a_ron wrote:

    @ Jonathan Willis:
    What about Roli, after being the backup last year to 35 straight starts. He’d get my vote.

    He'd get your vote for what? He wasn't injured so he won't win the Masterton. And it sickens me to hear how people are gushing over Rolli's play this season just because MacT played the crap outta him. He is not the MVP of this team in my mind. Yes he stood on his head many many times but he also deflated the team quite regularly with his one or two softies per game. My MVP would have to be Souray. Not only did he defend players at every turn but he was an open book to the media. You add to that his scoring prowess this season which got him a trip to the All Star game (Hemsky who?) and the amount of minutes Sheldon played per game. Plus Sheldon broke 20 goals this year. We've only had 3 defenseman in the entire 30 year history of the Oilers to do that. Yeah Rolli played his heart out and he did well for his age but when we needed him the most (like last Anaheim game) and the game before that he let the team down with softies.

    – 3rd on Oilers in scoring & is 2nd in goals, 1st in PPG (10) & 5th in assists.

    – 9th in scoring among NHL defencemen & is 2nd in goals & 2nd in PPG.

    – It is the 2nd 20-goal season of his career & he is 6 goals shy of tying his career-high of 26 goals he scored with Montreal in 2006-07.

    – Played season-high 31:55 at LAK (Feb. 14)

  • Hippy

    Harlie wrote:

    He’d get your vote for what? He wasn’t injured so he won’t win the Masterton.

    I'm assuming that he meant Roloson would get his vote as the Oilers' Masterton nominee.

    Not that it matters – whoever the Oilers nominate won't win it. Pisani deserved it last year.

  • Hippy

    Harlie wrote:

    Yeah Rolli played his heart out and he did well for his age but when we needed him the most (like last Anaheim game) and the game before that he let the team down with softies.

    ~Damn you Roli! I want to see 40 straight games at the age of 50 before you start letting in softies!~

  • Hippy

    @ Harlie:
    Masterton Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”

    Where does it say you have to be injured?

  • Hippy

    a_ron wrote:

    Where does it say you have to be injured?

    It doesn't but the last six winners have "overcame" some kind of injury. So that's more or less the biggest factor in the voting I assume.

  • Hippy

    jeanshorts wrote:

    It doesn’t but the last six winners have “overcame” some kind of injury. So that’s more or less the biggest factor in the voting I assume.

    Aside from Jason Blake, who "overcame" some "scary medication", that is.

  • Hippy

    @ Jonathan Willis:

    I'm still bitter about it too.
    The thing that really got me was that Blake didn't even miss a game I don't think.
    Where as Pisani almost died. Where is the justice???? WHERE!!!!

  • Hippy

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    “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.”

    Y'know Willis, you take a lot of crap for being Mr. Math around here, but that right there? That's effing funny. I like the fire you've been bringing lately.

  • Hippy

    jeanshorts wrote:

    @ Jonathan Willis:
    The thing that really got me was that Blake didn’t even miss a game I don’t think.
    Where as Pisani almost died. Where is the justice???? WHERE!!!!

    I hear ya. Fernando was weeks away from pooping in a bag for the rest of his life. He weighed less that Wanye's empty can of BL. Since his disease isn't as glamourous* as cancer he doesn't get the nod. Seriously, that was some hardcore injustice.

    *glamourous like Brittany Spears, not glamourous like something we all would like to have or aspire to