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Norris Trophy finalists announced

Today the NHL released the list of finalists for the Norris Trophy (best defenseman), and Nashville's Shea Weber didn't quite make the cut. The competition is incredibly tough for the Norris every year, and I suspect we'll see Weber contend in years ahead. This isn't the shaft job that Pekka Rinne got yesterday, after all. For this year, however, the nominees are...


Nicklas Lidstrom

#5 / Defenseman / Detroit Red Wings

6-1

189

Apr 28, 1970



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Nicklas Lidstrom 78 16 43 59 31 30 10 0 4 0 180 8.9

Who else looks at a season like that as an off-year?


Zdeno Chara

#33 / Defenseman / Boston Bruins

6-9

255

Mar 18, 1977



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Zdeno Chara 80 19 31 50 23 95 11 0 3 2 216 8.8

The anchor on the best defensive team in the league this year, to go with excellent offensive numbers.


Mike Green

#52 / Defenseman / Washington Capitals

6-2

208

Oct 12, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Mike Green 68 31 42 73 24 68 18 1 4 1 243 12.8

Offensive production like we haven't seen in ages from the blueline.