Masterton Trophy nominations announced

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Masterton Trophy nominations announced

Eastern Canada has taken over the nominations for this year's Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The award is presented to a player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perserverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."

The 2012 contenders are Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, Toronto's Joffrey Lupul, and Montreal's Max Pacioretty.

Alfredsson's accomplishments this season include returning for a 16th season with the Senators (the only team he's ever played for in the NHL), rallying his struggling team into an eighth place finish to qualify for the playoffs, and polishing off the regular season with a plus-16 rating. Alfie was also a captain of the 2012 All-Star Game, alongside Zdeno Chara.

Lupul had his career-best season, earning 67 points and firing in 25 goals, despite playing only 66 games after recovering from back surgery.

In March of 2011, Pacioretty sustained a fractured vertebrae and concussion after an unforgettable hit by Chara. His comeback from a career-threatening injury impressed the hockey world as he scored 33 goals and earned a total of 65 points. He became the first American player to score 30 times in the history of the Canadiens' organization.

The top contenders for General Manager of the Year are expected to be released Tuesday as well.

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above. 

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from a busy Sunday: 

Tonight on CSN: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls show some moxie in road win over Bucks

Today on CSN: White Sox battle Dodgers in spring training game

From ‘When It Happens’ to ‘Where It Happens,’ Cubs mining next generation of talent

Will lopsided loss shake Blackhawks from their slumber?

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

Joe Maddon doesn’t have any concerns about new Cubs closer Wade Davis

Nick Delmonico takes advantage of fresh start with White Sox

Cubs expect Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell to be ready for Opening Night

Owners to consider on and off field changes this week during NFL meetings