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Mike Green second in voting for Norris Trophy

Chicago's Duncan Keith just won the Norris Trophy for the league's best defenseman, with the Caps' Mike Green placing second in voting for the second straight year.

From the awards show blog:

Keith was second among D-men in scoring (69 points) and ice time per game (26:35). He kept talking as even the music was playing. He thanked his fiance and saw Ovi sitting next to her.
"Keep your hands off," Keith quipped.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 23, 2010; 9:00 PM ET
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Norris trophy for best defenseman. Defending his fiancee from the advances of Ovi. (Okay, I'm kidding here.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 23, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

As one of the two resident Kings/Caps fans on this blog, I came into tonight's Norris Trophy presentation with a 66 percent chance of being elated, but was prepared to be disappointed. So, congrats to the hockey writers on not disappointing (on making me disappointed)....

To be fair, hard to argue with Keith. Great year, great defenseman. I actually thought Doughty might beat them both with his balanced year, and that Green might get avenged from last year, when he probably deserved the award more than Chara.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | June 23, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

If I were Duncan Keith, I would be more worried about Patrick Kane moving in on my fiance....hide your women and anything 18-21 years old its Patrick Kane!

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | June 23, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Keith was definitely the most deserving....not that the playoffs count, but you can see that he's the best two way defenseman in the game. Hopefully, Green will take notes and learn to play both ends of the ice in the same manner.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 23, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Green will get his one of these days.

Posted by: mcgratsp | June 23, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

This is a good thing. Green was terrible in the playoffs so he shouldn't have any reward for his already inflated ego. He can still be great on offense and also challenge shooters/ learn how to block passes on 2 on 1s/ block out players looking for rebounds instead of watching them poke them in.

Posted by: mja712 | June 24, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Trade Green for a REAL Dman

Posted by: riceldi | June 24, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

When Green can come out of the corner with the puck more than 50% of the time, he should be considered for a Norris. Take a tip from the youngster Carlson and take a peak over your shoulder so you know what to do when you get to the puck rather than skating right into the boards. Until then, he is not a top tier defenseman.

Posted by: chatton | June 24, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Green stinks, let's run him out of town like Murphy & Gonchar, let him win the Cup in another town!

Posted by: boomer44 | June 24, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

but you can see that he's the best two way defenseman in the game.

i don't know about that...he's a liability defensively, same way Greenie is on some nights. But Keith has Seabrook as his partner, that's the significant difference between the two. And Green's probably physically stronger in the corners.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 24, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I'll admit to being biased, but I think Doughty is the most balanced offensively and defensively of the three.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | June 24, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Totally, vehemently disagree that Keith is a liability defensively - I like Green but Keith is much better back there. He rarely gets burned, wins a ton of loose pucks and he makes way better decisions with the puck in his own end.

Granted, his D-partner is much better than MG's...

Posted by: Timbo_1 | June 24, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

True about Green's strength though, he is like a bull some nights, very strong on his skates. I just don't know that it's a great matchup having him go against the other team's top scoring line every night.

I'd love to see Poti-Carlson as the top 'defensive / shutdown' unit, they filled that role quite admirably in the playoffs, and take a little of the load of Green defensively.

I've also wondered how Green would fare with a different d-partner - Mr. Volchenkov, anyone? I know GMGM has publicly at least said nyet on this, but maybe he's just being sly, as others have wondered?

Posted by: Timbo_1 | June 24, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Only 11 unique defensemen have won this award in the past 26 years since 1984 when Langway won his back to back Norris trophies. Looking at the list, you could probably only put Coffey, Leetch, and Neidermayer in the Green type category where offensive abilities far outweighed their two-way ability to play defense, but also offer offensive output.

Green has had better numbers overall than both Chara and this year over Dunc in all the statistical categories. It is a shame that his reputation is what keeps him from winning this award.

Posted by: cwiseman | June 24, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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