Thursday, April 23, 2009

Green Named Norris Finalist

After a terrific regular season in which he scored 31 goals and 73 points, Mike Green was named one of the three finalists for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman, which will be handed out in Las Vegas on June 18h.

Green will be up against Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, as well as six-time Norris winner Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit.

Despite missing 14 games, Green had a tremendous season at the Caps' blueline, notching 18 power-play goals, and established a new record for consecutive goals by a defenseman by notching eight games in a row. He also was tied for fifth among NHL defenseman with a +24 rating for the season.

He'll be up against tough competition, as Chara was one of the keys to the NHL's best defense in Boston, notching a +23 and helping to contain some of the league's best offensive players with his large size and strength.

Lidstrom simply has been a Norris mainstay, winning the award six times in his career, and despite missing time with an injury, still finished with a +31 rating for the campaign.

It should be a close race, with Green having a decent shot at becoming the first Capital to win the award since Rod Langway won back-to-back titles in 1983 and 1984.

1 comment:

  1. You know, I am the Caps fan. But this year Norris has to go to Chara. He is much better doing his prime job - "D". Don't u think so?