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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Clear as ever is the NHL's need to come up with a Bobby Orr Award.

Erik Karlsson does not deserve the Norris Trophy presented to the best "all-round" defenceman in the league. His focus in his own end is not the same as it was when he won the plaque two years ago. He cheats his defensive duties, looking to go on the attack before it's safe to do so.

As the same time, what Karlsson is doing offensively this season is certainly worthy of year-end recognition.

Heading into Friday's game against the Blackhawks, the slick Swede had scored 20 goals, 49 assists and a dozen more points than the next highest scoring D-man in the league.

That would be Chicago's Duncan Keith, whose plus-23 rating was also plus-40 better than the one Karlsson was toting.

Forget about his giveaway on the Senators first goal Friday -- for his all round play this season, Keith should get the Norris. Shea Weber (20 goals, 48 points, minus-6) will also get some votes, if anyone is looking past the numbers. Karlsson should still be the third finalist.

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What's next, and award for the power forward who scores 30 goals, 100+ in penalty minutes and plays an all around game but will never win any major hardware?

An absolute joke you would want to create an award to meet what the home town player brings.  Maybe they should just create the HomeTown Trophy, given to one player on every NHL team, voted on by the home team writers/beat writers.

For example, Helene, who would you vote for?  Oh Zetterberg, has a great beard and those snowballs taste real good.

Damien?  Forget the players, give it to the coach for putting up with the players.

Adrian?  Peter Forsberg.

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I don’t see how it’s any different than the Selke trophy, which was created in ‘78.  This fan base sure seems awfully proud that Datsyuk is a perennial contender for that trophy.

Posted by furiousgeorge19 on 03/29/14 at 09:41 AM ET

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Understood FG, but the Selke was not created to meet the needs for one player.

Also, Bobby Orr was the best defensemen and deserved the Norris, he was just not an offensive player.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/29/14 at 09:45 AM ET

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It was created to recognize a specific skill set, and one person won it for the first four years of its existence.  Karlsson has a specific, identifiable skill set that’s better than anybody else in the league right now.  I don’t see any problem in recognizing that. 

Posted by furiousgeorge19 on 03/29/14 at 09:56 AM ET

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I have a problem with it.

The Lady Byng was created in the 20’s. It recognized each year someone who wasn’t able to win an available award(namely the Hart) but was due recognition because they played winning hockey.


The Norris was created in the 50’s. It recognized each year someone who wasn’t able to win an available award(namely the Hart) but was due recognition because they played winning hockey.

The Selke was creatd in the 70’s. It recognized each year someone who wasn’t able to win an available award(namely the Hart) but was due recognition because they played winning hockey.

Karlsson doesn’t play winning hockey. To name an award after Bobby Orr to recognize players that are fun to watch but who make their teams more likely to lose is quite the unique insult to give to the best player in history.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 03/29/14 at 10:56 AM ET

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I don’t care if they want to create an Orr award so the top scoring D-Man can potentially stop stealing votes from more-deserving contenders in years where it’s not close that he’s the best all-around.

My beef is with Brennan’s claim that Keith should win the Norris.

Zdeno Chara should be the top candidate and it’s not particularly close.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/29/14 at 11:25 AM ET

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Karlsson is more like a forward playing back than a Defensemen.  I bet if you put Zetterberg on the blue line he could win the Norris lol.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 03/29/14 at 11:55 AM ET

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Karlsson doesn’t play winning hockey.

So the problem that you have with the award is that a homer writer from Ottawa thinks Karlsson should win it?

Have you always agreed with who Don Brennan has thought should win every award?  If not, then I guess we need to get rid of the awards you disagreed on…

Posted by Garth on 03/29/14 at 12:13 PM ET

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My beef is with Brennan’s claim that Keith should win the Norris.

Zdeno Chara should be the top candidate and it’s not particularly close.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/29/14 at 11:25 AM ET

Keith is so protected it’s not even funny.  Of the “elite” d-man, he has the highets ratio of offensive zone starts vs defensive, and the quality of his competition/who he;s matched up against isn’t even in the ballpark of the real candidates.

Posted by Primis on 03/29/14 at 12:56 PM ET

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Karlsson doesn’t play winning hockey.

So the problem that you have with the award is that a homer writer from Ottawa thinks Karlsson should win it?

Have you always agreed with who Don Brennan has thought should win every award?  If not, then I guess we need to get rid of the awards you disagreed on…

Posted by Garth on 03/29/14 at 12:13 PM ET

I have no idea who “Don Brennan” is and I’m not entirely sure who “Garth” is either but I’ve seen your user name before.

Offensive-defensemen who are not defensively-responsible are not playing winning hockey.

That was true in King Clancy’s era,
That was true in Red Kelly’s era,
That was true in Bobby Orr’s era,
That is true in Erik Karlsson’s era,
That was, and always will by, true.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 03/29/14 at 04:49 PM ET

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