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NHL 2009 Norris Trophy Nominees

NHL.com announced the 2009 Norris Trophy nominees for best defensive player.  There are:

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Mike Green, Washington Capitals
Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

All three of these players are deserving of this honor.  Zdeno Chara has played an important role as the captain of the Boston Bruins and their drive to the top of the Eastern Conference.  Mike Green has brought an offensive minded blue liner to the Capitals offense as secured another Southeast Division champion in the Eastern Conference.  But, Nicklas Lidstrom is a veteran blue liner who has won this trophy six times and has done it again to earn this honor.  It is tight race for this trophy this year.  Lidstrom is the favorite and probably will win it again.  But, I pick Chara to break Lidstrom’s streak.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

WED, APRIL 22: Calder Trophy (top rookie)
THU, APRIL 23: Norris Trophy (top defenseman)
FRI, APRIL 24: Lady Byng Trophy (sportsmanship)
MON, APRIL 27: Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)
TUE, APRIL 28: Selke Trophy (top defensive forward)
WED, APRIL 29: Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP)
THU, APRIL 30: Masterton Trophy (perseverance)
FRI, MAY 1: Adams Award (Coach of the Year)
MON, MAY 4: NHL Foundation Award (contributions)

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