While tooling around on the Web this morning, I came across Tarik's account of the game Friday night, in which he describes Pothier's return as "the feel-good story of the NHL season." Is it a tremendous story? Absolutely. Despite it being "just another injury story", the way he battled through a mysterious set of injury symptoms, skated in practice for months before being cleared for contact, and defied the advice of many, many people to simply retire exemplifies for me the "perserverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey" represented by the Masterton Trophy in a very real way.
But, is it the story of the season? I don't know ... there have been a lot of good ones all over the NHL, from Brett Leonhardt's brief appearance on the Capitals bench, to Martin Brodeur's comeback from four months of being sidelined to set a spectacular NHL record, to the Chicago Blackhawks delaying a trip home before Christmas to attend GM Dale Tallon's father's wake (and then stopping in McDonald's for dinner afterwards). Or how about the Blue Jackets signing a cancer patient to the roster for the stretch run, and one of the players willingly giving up his number for it? I'm sure I've missed some dandy ones, too.
So, what's your pick for "warm fuzzy" story of this NHL season, and why? Is there one I missed?