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Brian Elliott is the Blues' Nominee For the Masterton Trophy

The award is given to those "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."

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This year must be the year of the goalie nominees for the Masterton. All 30 nominees have been decided upon, and the goalies from the Winnipeg Jets (Ondrej Pavelec), Minnesota Wild (Devan Dubnyk), Chicago Blackhawks (Scott Darling), Nashville Predators (Pekka Rinne), and Ottawa Senators (Andrew Hammond) have all been nominated.

Oh, and Brian Elliott. For the second time, the Blues have nominated him for the award.

Elliott has worked his tail off, as Jeremy Rutherford detailed in his article today. Elliott has blossomed in St. Louis; the reason for his nomination? He's finally officially the starter after being teased along for three seasons. He's proved himself.

Which, well, means that he won't win. Kris Letang, currently sidelined with (another) concussion, has overcome a stroke. Shane Doan had to deal with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Nathan Gerbe had to deal with a near-career ending back injury. There are many candidates who probably will be chosen over Elliott.

That's not the point, though - it's a sign of recognition and appreciation from the team for Elliott's hard work and dedication to the Blues, and it's hard to argue that he hasn't shown that.