2014 NHL Awards: Norris Trophy Preview

On Tuesday evening, the NHL will award the Norris Trophy to the 2013-14 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.”

This year’s finalists are Chicago’s Duncan Keith, Boston’s Zdeno Chara and Nashville’s Shea Weber.

Only 11 defensemen in NHL history have won the Norris more than once, and two of this year’s finalists could join that exclusive list.

Keith won the award after the 2009-10 season, and is looking to become the first winner of multiple Norris Trophies in Chicago since Chris Chelios won his second in the Indian head 18 years ago. Pierre Pilote won three Norris Trophies with the Blackhawks.

Chara won the award in 2008-09, and would be the first Bruins’ rearguard to win the award more than once since Raymond Bourque won his fifth exactly 20 years ago.

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5 Responses to 2014 NHL Awards: Norris Trophy Preview

  1. Mike McCormick says:

    What would the cap hit be if Keith wins?

  2. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    I would think Keith wins this. That said, Weber is the better and more complete defensive player in the league right now. I don’t say that as a rip on Keith…I say that as a matter of reality. But again, Keith should win the Norris. And kudos to him for doing so.

  3. Tab Bamford says:

    @ Rufus – Weber & Keith play very different styles, and at some point Weber will get his. Just don’t think it’s this year. Too much talk about Keith winning it from Christmas thru the end of the regular season (thanks, Edzo). We like to shine a spotlight on his errors, but Keith is an elite defenseman and winning a second Norris would put him into historically select company.

    That said, I think if there was a vote after the postseason ended it would have ended up 1. Doughty 2. Keith 3. Weber

  4. goldenbladz says:

    Yes Tab I agree Doughty was awesome in the Olympics and it carried on through the rest of the season and playoffs.

  5. Sr. Brad says:

    I am glad Duncan Keith is a Hawk…he’s a great DMan and a wonderful person, but Weber is a better, more valuable DMan…like Rufus said, no knock on Keith, it just is.

    And through the whole year, Doughty showed himself to be the most valuable DMan…so good luck to Duncs tonight and we will see what happens.

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