Lidstrom a Norris Finalist Again

Update (1:30 PM): Why, Bruce, why?Matt

Nick’s one of three men in the running. Zdeno Chara and Mike Green are the others.

Helene St. James* rightly (and unfortunately) points out that he’ll likely finish third. If that’s true, here’s hoping the only other actual defensemen on the list wins it.

To Caps fans: No. He’s not.**

*She doesn’t detail how she voted. Interesting.
**Finally, an excuse to link to this.

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  1. Ryan says:

    I'm the exact opposite.  I hope Chara doesn't win it.  He's just not that good.  Sorry, Bruins fans.  Lidstrom's better at even strength (witness the +/- numbers, even though Chara played on a better ES team with much better goaltending), much better on the power play (much, much better), and almost as good on the PK (where Chara is legitimately one of the best in the league, if not the best).  Chara had a better start, and Lidstrom had a much better finish.  I can't imagine a rational universe in which Chara deserves to finish ahead of Lidstrom (or Wideman, or ne of Keith/Seabrook, or Robidas, or Mitchell, or…).

  2. Matt Saler says:


    I hope Chara doesn't win it, too, but if Nick isn't going to win it, I'd rather Chara get it than Green. And it's not even close.

    Obviously, I fully believe Nick deserves over both of them, but I have a feeling he's not going to get it this year because there's such an obvious "Lidstrom fatigue" timing out unfortunatley with "Green hysteria."

    Green is a like an offense-only forward that has a "D" next to his name on the roster and spends time near the blueline when his team is cycling. I'd love to know his history, because it's like some coach ran out of defensemen and cast lots for fillers, with Green getting the short straw.

    At least Ericsson actually became a legitimate defenseman after changing over from forward. Green should give up the pretense.

    I could handle Chara because he actually plays the position in a manner approaching the job requirements.

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