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Norris Trophy: How I voted

Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:27 pm
 
Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators were announced as the three finalists for the Norris Trophy on Monday, the award that goes to the NHL’s top defenseman. The winner will be announced as part of the NHL’s awards show in June 22.

As a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association --- those given the honor of selecting this award --- I submitted ballots at the end of the regular season. Here was my top-3: 

1. Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins: I don’t see a better two-way defenseman in the game right now. He was tops in plus-minus (plus-33) and he had 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists). Chara was also one of  Boston’s top threats on the power play, scoring eight goals. 

2. Lubomir Visnovsky, Anaheim Ducks: As a person who watches a lot of West Coast hockey, I was very impressed with the year Visnovsky put together. He led all defensemen in scoring with 68 points and assists (50). (Toss in the fact he was a plus-18, and he wasn’t too shabby on defense either.) He also put up a lot of these numbers as the Ducks worked their way into a playoff spot late in the season. 

3. Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings: The six-time Norris winner  had heck of an offensive year, scoring 62 points (16 goals and 46 assists). He also had to play without his usual defensive partner, Brian Rafalski, who was out injured for stretches. Whether you put much weight on plus-minus or not, the fact he was a minus-2 knocked him down a couple pegs. 

-- A.J. Perez
Category: NHL
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Since: Dec 21, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Norris Trophy: How I voted

so you cover hockey, right? And you are placing Lidstrom third, instead of first. for the Norris trophy solely on the basis of the first negative plus-minus of his Hall-of-Fame career? How pathetic.
First, the plus-minus category is the least understood, most overrated and abused ‘statistic’ this side of the NFL’s ‘quarterback rating.’
The plus-minus category is very misleading in determining how good a player is, and coaches and players will be the first to tell you that. Not that they are biased, but because they understand it better than some idiot in the media.
Your credibility as a so-called hockey writer just went into negative territory because you base so much of your evaluation on that.
Lidstrom’s value to the Red Wings far transcends how many points he scored this season -- or any season. That kind of number is reserved for forwards who are supposed to score. Lidstrom is the best player in the world, not just the best defenseman in the NHL over the past decade because of all the intangibles he brings to the team off and on the ice. To dock him a few notches solely for his first plus-minus rating (and what was it; -2 or something minuscule like that?) is patently absurd. Go cover something that you might actually understand for a change.






Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:01 am
 

Norris Trophy: How I voted

Agreed Bob.  If you're not the guy your coach wants out on the PK you have no business being nominated for the Norris.  It's no conincidence that both Yandle and Visnovsky were left off as finalists.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Norris Trophy: How I voted

Pfft, Lidstrom #1.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Norris Trophy: How I voted

If you don't kill penalties, how can you be considered the league's "best defenseman".
Perez lost me putting Visnovsky at number 2. 



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