Tomas Holmstrom is the Red Wings’ Masterton nominee


The Masterton Trophy nominations continue to roll in and there’s another fascinating player being selected by his hometown media.

Detroit’s Tomas Holmstrom gets the call today as the Red Wings nominee for the award and Ansar Khan from hears it from Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom about what makes Holmstrom the team’s ideal choice.

“We know what he’s been going through with his bad knees,” Lidstrom said. “We know the beating he’s been taking in front of the net and in the offensive zone, but he keeps getting back in there. He’s got so much determination and will. You can tell with his bad knees that he’s not giving up at all.”

 Holmstrom joins Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke and Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo as Masterton nominees that don’t have sparkling reputations for one reason or another. Cooke being a reformed player and Tootoo’s escape from his personal demons make for much more captivating stories than Holmstrom, however. That won’t stop fans from twitching when hearing their names or seeing them on the ice for a game.