Lack of Important Trophy

Every year the debate rages over who will win the big trophies, The Hart, The Ross, The Veznia, The Norris, but there seems to be one missing that makes the most sense of all. There should be a trophy awarded to the best “Stay-at-home” defenseman.The Norris Trophy, for the best defenseman always seems to go to the guys that also factor in on the offensive side of the game. Sure Gonchar is a good defenseman, but he has a minus 19 rating, and that can’t really be considered the best defenseman when you got guys out there that have over a +30. With the latest trade craze being the big defensive force. Some of the best defenseman in the league will never get the honors that they deserve because they aren’t guys who put up big numbers except in the ice time category and +/-. I mean there is a trophy for forwards who are the best defensive forward (The Frank J. Selke Trophy) why not have the best defensive defense?

So who are your picks?

Picks for the Best Defensive Defenseman Award:

Adam Foote (COL): While Adam doesn’t put up the points like teammate Rob Blake (always in the running for the Norris Trophy) he still manages to make a huge impact on every game. His positional games facotrs in many broken plays and turnovers in the Avalnche’s zone. Add to that the fact that he can deliver hits that shake fillings loose.

Colin White (NJD): This season White has averaged just over 21 minutes per game. He has a plus eleven rating while he also only has 12 points. He has stepped up in the lack of Scott Stevens. His defensive play coupled with Brodeur’s net minding the Devils put up a tough force to be reckoned with.

Chris Chelios (DET): As much as my instincts say not to put a Red Wing on this list it is hard to argue is Chelios being one of the best non-offensive blueliners in the league (I mean he is offensive to everyone who isn’t a fan of Detroit, but that is not the point). Chelios has played a consistent game for a long time. His game this year has help to keep Detroit at or near the top all season despite the many problem that they are having keeping goalies healthy.

There are plenty of other picks, but they could also be in the running for the Norris since they are putting up numbers. Honorable Mentions include: Blake, Chara, Malik, Niedermayer, DeVries, Ohlund and Zubov.

19 Responses to Lack of Important Trophy

  1. markjohnston says:

    this is a must-have trophy in my opinion.

  2. Furlong19 says:

    I totally agree. They have a defensive forward so why not have offensive defenceman and defensive? But what’s the Norris then? They say all round but I think over the years it’s gone to offensive-minded guys. I agree with your 3 picks but I’d toss in Mattias Norstrom perhaps.

  3. Donovan says:

    But what would we call it?

    The Housewife Award?

    The Shut-In Award?

    The Boring Award?

  4. Furlong19 says:

    hahahhaa. True. Defensive play is boring. But you can’t deny that it’s not important. We should call it the Ken Daneyko award or something.

  5. sensman99 says:

    I don’t understand why there’s an award for the forward playing the best defense, but not an award for a DEFENCEMAN playing the best DEFENSE.

    Okay, maybe you could relate that defenceman award to the Norris, but playing the best defence could relate to staying at home.

  6. Sheepdog_18 says:

    So are you one of those people that yawns when there is a big hit? Please, defense is not boring everyone, even those that don’t understand the game love great defensive play. It isn’t all big hits, but it is still a great point to the game.

  7. Furlong19 says:

    It drives me nuts how the Norris trophy always goes to offensive Defenceman. Sure that’s important but defensive defenceman are huge. Guys like Gonchar/Ozollinsh and Zubov who are known for brutal defensive play have all been nominated are at least considered. Defensive play is always overlooked.

  8. devfanman4 says:

    White should not be on that list. He’s only good because he plays with Niedermayer who is a great all around defenseman. I’d love to see him win the Norris because we all know that Stevens has been cheated out of it every year because of his lack of offense.

  9. wingerxx says:

    That would be a great award. One problem though, would be that there would be a TON of defensemen that could/should be nominated for something like that throughout the year. It’s also hard to figure out just what makes a “stay-at-home” defenseman, because that isn’t reflected in numbers. The only statistic that could be really used now would be the plus/minus rating, which I personally think is a crock, when it comes to figuring how out good defensively a player is. Too many variables.

    Guys like Scott Stevens, Adam Foote, etc. would have to be nominated year after year, because those guys are the cream of the crop when it comes to defending their own end. I’m going to go out on a limb, and say that if this award existed in the past, Sylvain Lefebvre would have had to have won this a few times, back in his Colorado days. He exemplified what a stay-at-home defender should be.

  10. MAniac29 says:

    I agree that this is a good suggestion, but I also agree with the comments that it would be very difficult to measure credentials. Nonetheless, your nominees are pretty solid, but I don’t think White should make the final three, and I don’t think Malik should even be an honorable mention. If there were such an award for rookies, Brooks Orpik is proving that he just might be the next Scott Stevens of the league, and he will almost certainly be the captain of the Pens when Mario retires after next season…

  11. Beckfan5 says:

    They did have one at one time that went to defensive defensemen.

    Its called the Norris Trophy.

  12. Next_Semenko says:

    No love for McCabe or Leetch?

  13. Heinzee57 says:

    There used to be a guy in the NHL who scored points and played Defense.

    His name was Ray Bourque.

    That is why in my mind he was always better than Coffey and Blake.


  14. Viller says:

    leetch…. hah….

  15. Scott24 says:

    A pretty good underrated all around defenceman is Bryan McCabe

  16. avsfan19-33 says:

    Footey would win it every year….hands down.

  17. dkball7 says:

    Niedermayer would win them both.

  18. ZaphodBeeblebrox says:

    I think they should create a new award for defencemen.

    Keep the Norris and give it to the best defensive defencemen and name the new trophy the Bobby Orr trophy.

    Don’t think anyone would argue that Orr was the best offensive dman of all time.

    maybe I shouldn’t have said that.

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