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Newest name in the Norris debate (hint: PHO)

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08:16 AM ET 03.21 | Last year, Erik Karlsson rose quickly from the ranks of young guns, and, this year, it may be Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. If [Ekman-Larsson] isn't the best defenseman in the NHL yet, he's certainly on the short list of candidates who are in the discussion. ... With Nicklas Lidstrom retired and [Karlsson] out for the season, the argument should probably include the likes of Boston's Zdeno Chara, Nashville's Shea Weber, Pittsburgh's Kris Letang, St. Louis' Alex Pietrangelo and, yes, Ekman-Larsson. He was my preseason Norris Trophy pick. And based on the way that he has played this season (and produced) given the assignments that he faces nightly, I haven't seen anything to make me change my mind on that pick.

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March 21, 2013  08:38 AM ET

based on yesterday's thread, clearly this award should be going to Orr...

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March 21, 2013  08:48 AM ET

He showed a lot of poise as a rookie in the SC playoffs last year.

March 21, 2013  08:51 AM ET

When I saw the headline, I was CERTAIN it was an article about Cody Franson !

March 21, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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based on yesterday's thread, clearly this award should be going to Orr...

The award should be renamed the Bobby Orr. Who the heck was Norris anyways?

March 21, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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The award should be renamed the Bobby Orr. Who the heck was Norris anyways?

Chuck's father?

March 21, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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based on yesterday's thread, clearly this award should be going to Orr...

LOL. He's got my vote!

March 21, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Going from what I've seen of Ekman-Larsson, I could see why someone might make a case for him, but at the moment, I would think this is a 2 horse race between Letang, and Chara...

March 21, 2013  09:22 AM ET

It really pains me to say this but I see this being the year Letang wins the Norris (Lidstrom) trophy, In my opinion the only person I see that can vault over him is Suter. But hey its what we play 82 games, I mean 1/2 a season for.

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March 21, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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Gardiner next year.

Next year? Pronger!

March 21, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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Going from what I've seen of Ekman-Larsson, I could see why someone might make a case for him, but at the moment, I would think this is a 2 horse race between P.K.,and Subban...

you're right.

March 21, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Chuck's father?

LOL. Can Chuck chuck the puck? Can the puck Chuck chuck?

March 21, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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Exactly.

only if we can rename the cup the Henri Richard Grail

March 21, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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Next year? Pronger!

with his one eye he can go bully some amateurs in the paralympics

March 21, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Year of the Lummox.......Hanks man crush Chara wins it.

March 21, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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with his one eye he can go bully some amateurs in the paralympics

oooooh thats nasty Foil..........but i could see it ;-)

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March 21, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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LOL. Bully the all-blind team ??

in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king!

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