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Dan Girardi For The Norris Trophy

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Submitted for your approval in this season during which there has been no offensively dominant defenseman: Dan Girardi for the Norris Trophy.

It certainly would be a twilight zone of a choice, given the throwback nature of the bedrock Ranger’s game, but hockey people have argued for years that if the worth of strict defensive play has not quite been ignored in the voting for the prestigious trophy, it certainly has been overshadowed by the value of dynamic offense from the blue line.

Girardi, who has gotten more ice time per game at 27:34 than any player in the NHL in five years — since Zdeno Chara averaged 27:57 in 2006-07 in his first year in Boston — is the personification of the defensive defenseman who does all of the grunt work all of the time matched against every opponent’s top line while also possessing the ability to make the outlet pass and get up on the play in joining the rush.

No one will be blinded by Girardi’s offensive stats. At the same time, the modesty of his 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) should not blind anyone to his value on the club with the best points-per-game record and second-best goals-against average in the league.

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Primis's avatar

Hasn’t Brooks figured out yet that when he attaches his name to something, it instantly loses any credibility that argument had?

Posted by Primis on 02/05/12 at 12:16 PM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

Ice time is clearly the most meaningful stat that exists.  We are not at all interested in what you do with that ice time.

On a related note, Ilya Kovalchuk has been the best forward in the league this season.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 02/05/12 at 03:07 PM ET


It’s hard to see how he’s been superior to Weber or Chara, who both log tough minutes, and contribute much more offensively without giving up a thing defensively. And that Lidstrom character is pretty good too.

That’s not to say Girardi hasn’t been All-Star worthy. Just not beastly, Norris worthy.

Posted by Dave on 02/05/12 at 04:54 PM ET


Rangers propaganda machine is always pushing Staal.  He is no where near as solid a D man as Girardi.  it’s about time he’s getting his due.  Even that Dolan lapdog micheletti is starting to notice.

Posted by 13 user names on 02/05/12 at 06:58 PM ET


Agreed though as to the source.  Brooks makes more stuff up than Aesop.

Posted by 13 user names on 02/05/12 at 06:59 PM ET

Matt Fry's avatar

“Submitted for your approval in this season during which there has been no offensively dominant defenseman”

Erik Karlsson’s 48 points begs to differ.  Not that I’m saying points are everything.  I would pick Chara or Weber over him any day.

“That’s not to say Girardi hasn’t been All-Star worthy. Just not beastly, Norris worthy. “

What Dave said.  He’s been pretty good but not the best one out there.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 02/06/12 at 01:35 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I’ll be interested to see if Girardi actually gets a first-place vote for the Norris at season’s end, to see if Brooks will back this up.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/06/12 at 02:04 PM ET

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