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Best Defenceman

It was late in October when Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens established himself as the early Norris Trophy leader.  Weber has slowed down recently.  He hasn't scored a point since November 26th.  Thus he has been passed in the Norris Trophy race.  Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks is the current leader.  Burns leads all defencemen in the league with 13 goals and 28 points.  Burns is the Sharks point leader and +/- leader.

Last year Brent Burns made a jump from being a good defenceman who is a potential all star to being a contender for the top defenceman in the NHL.  He was a Norris Trophy nominee last year and is the current leader for that award.

It is rare that a player makes as big a step forward at age 30 as Burns has.  He is on an unusual career trajectory.  Burns recently signed an 8 year contract extension with an $8 million salary cap hit.  He will be 40 when it is over.  It will be interesting to see if he maintains his value that long.  Right now he is clearly one of the better players in the game and is the top defenceman so far this season.  By 2025 what will his game have become?  Will he be worth big bucks at that point?

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