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Why P.K. Subban should win the Norris Trophy

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11:17 AM ET 04.13 | P.K. Subban must win the Norris Trophy and be thrust into the Team Canada picture for Sochi. Yes, Subban leads the league in goals and points from defencemen, and he and veteran Andrei Markov have become the most dangerous power-play rearguards in the NHL. The list of people who bring Subban's all-round skill set to the table -- passing, stickhandling, abrasive physical presence, defensive IQ, special-teams ability, shooting, speed and elusiveness -- is short (the only player who is comparable on all those fronts is Los Angeles Kings star Drew Doughty, and perhaps Pittsburgh's Kristopher Letang). It's the defensive work, the growing emotional maturity, as well as durability and conditioning -- Subban was in excellent shape when he turned up after a short contract impasse -- that have impressed teammates and opponents alike.

The Globe and Mail

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April 13, 2013  11:31 AM ET

Somewhere Hank's getting a cubby and he doesn't know why. :-)

April 13, 2013  11:33 AM ET

This is your basic pot-stirring article in these parts

April 13, 2013  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Somewhere Hank's getting a cubby and he doesn't know why. :-)

I just figured that Hank is the author of this masterpiece.

April 13, 2013  11:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This is your basic pot-stirring article in these parts

Some people would argue...what does a Toronto based newspaper know about hockey?

April 13, 2013  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Somewhere Hank's getting a cubby and he doesn't know why. :-)

He's got ring-ing in his ears.

April 13, 2013  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Somewhere Hank's getting a cubby and he doesn't know why. :-)

A happy, feel-good story for our dear friend right here.

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April 13, 2013  12:22 PM ET

+12. Carries the play. Leads what is easily the best break-out in the league.

Habs have alot of weaknesses (as do all teams), but their 1 huge asset is their transition to offense. PK is pretty much the model D for the system, the second he has the puck you know that he's either taking it out himself or it's going tape to tape.

Having a stellar first-pass and being a solid skater are 1-2 in sought after skills for D-men. PK has those in spades.

No problem with anyone wanting to prop up another player...but to deny that PK is in the top handful is foolish

April 13, 2013  12:47 PM ET
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No problem with anyone wanting to prop up another player...but to deny that PK is in the top handful is foolish

My problem is that it is basically the Art Ross for D-men these days where once in a while the voters will get a conscience and vote for an actual defenseman I don't have a problem with PK per se he is definitely in the top handful from the blueline out but the Norris and the Selke trophies have become a bit of a joke as they don't reward whom the trophies were intended to reward and I wish the voters would stop taking the easy way out and look at the scoring stats to determine who wins these awards

April 13, 2013  12:49 PM ET
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A happy, feel-good story for our dear friend right here.

You mean smug and aloof. Right ?!??!?!?!

April 13, 2013  12:53 PM ET
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You mean smug and aloof. Right ?!??!?!?!

That's why Hank likes him. Got it

April 13, 2013  01:01 PM ET
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abrasive physical presence, defensive IQ????? Hahahahaha, there is no doubt that Hank wrote this article.

I wonder how much it cost Hank to get the G&M to publish it.

April 13, 2013  03:09 PM ET

i think playing with markov while great on the ice ends up hurting him in the voting.... we all remember the year souray had while playing the pp with markov.... and so will everyone casting a vote.... does that hurt subban??

April 13, 2013  05:46 PM ET
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+12. Carries the play. Leads what is easily the best break-out in the league. Habs have alot of weaknesses (as do all teams), but their 1 huge asset is their transition to offense. PK is pretty much the model D for the system, the second he has the puck you know that he's either taking it out himself or it's going tape to tape. Having a stellar first-pass and being a solid skater are 1-2 in sought after skills for D-men. PK has those in spades.No problem with anyone wanting to prop up another player...but to deny that PK is in the top handful is foolish

agree....and well said.

April 14, 2013  10:42 AM ET

The rest of the NHL players will nominate him for a Oscar.

April 14, 2013  04:05 PM ET
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abrasive physical presence, defensive IQ?????Hahahahaha, there is no doubt that Hank wrote this article.

LOL

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April 14, 2013  11:49 PM ET

I think you guys overreact. Hank has always been judicious, even-handed and objective in his review of D-men. I think his judgment has been vindicated. (Does sucking up pay dividends Hank)?

 
April 15, 2013  09:59 AM ET

bgm conctinues to live in denial.

So hitting is all that matters to win a Norris? I thought well rounded included scoring too. Which stats he conveniently left out.

Decent numbers hitting, out of sight scoring, all around game. Good enough from my perspective.

And yes, Sat PM the Great One himself, Don Cherry, gave PK the nod.

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