I was having a look at the recent list of Norris trophy winners and I realized something (other than the fact new Lidstrom plaques are going to replace old ones soon). Why are there no defensive d-men? How come the men that step in front of 100 mph shots, move people out of the net, and in general go above and beyond their job, while managing to keep themselves out of the spotlight, don't get the Norris?
If you don't know who I'm talking about, then they're doing their job.
Where would Ottawa be without Anton Volchenkov? Where would Toronto be (no I'm not using that as an insult) without Tomas Kaberle? If Scottie was still out of the picture, who would Anaheim turn their defensive defense (notice I said DEFENSIVE, not offensive, big named players that wear the "C" ) reins to without Francois Beauchemin?
Up and down every roster, every team has their go-to man, the man they can depend to take a hit, take a shot, and take an opportunity away. Believe me, this man is not having his jersey sold at the local pro shop, or getting his name printed in bold headlines in the paper. No 4 assist nights for this man. No minus 4 nights for this man either.
So I have came to the conclusion that the N.H.L. should do one of two things.
1. Open their perspective to "best" d-man
2. Create new awards for best offensive and defensive d-man.
If you don't agree then you don't respect these brave men, and don't understand the concept of a good defenceman.
For The Love Of The Game,
P.S. after reading some of the below comments, I concur that Norris should be to best all around. But who thinks there should be a separate award?