Chara finishes third in Norris Trophy voting

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Chara finishes third in Norris Trophy voting

LAS VEGAS, NV Zdeno Chara had, by some accounts, a career statistical year in terms of offensive production and plusminus, but it wasnt enough to carry him to his second Norris Trophy.
Instead Ottawa Senators youngster Erik Karlsson became the youngest defenseman to capture the Norris Trophy since a 20-year-old Bobby Orr took home the best defensemen honors in 1968. The Swedish defenseman edged out Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber by 12 votes in an incredibly close race, and Chara finished a distant third with fewer than half of the number of first place votes (32-to-66) earned by Karlsson.
The argument against Karlsson included his very limited amount of ice time on the penalty kill and his lack of defensive grit given the demands of his position, but it proved impossible to ignore the 78-point season enjoyed by the Sens defenseman in 81 games last season.
Chara and Weber are the kind of players that have been around a long time and theyve been here before, said Karlsson. Theyve been good for a number of years and they both had terrific seasons. I dont think I even have an understanding of what it takes to be great for that long.
They are great. I have a whole lot of respect for them as hockey players. They do it and they do it every night. They are game-changers both of them.
Karlsson finished with 1,069 votes, Weber finished with 1,057 votes and Chara wrapped it up with 950 votes in third place.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.