Duncan Keith wins Norris Trophy

Duncan Keith.jpgA lot of folks thought the battle for the Norris Trophy was going to come down to a tight battle between Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty. While they were half-right about that, it was Washington’s Mike Green who made the vote interesting. That said, it was still Duncan Keith who came away with the hardware and his first Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman.

As for that voting breakdown, I’m sure folks won’t be asking a lot of questions about this. Duncan Keith was a pretty convincing winner taking down 76 first place votes, the debate will rage on about voters rather overwhelmingly choosing Green over Doughty.

        Pts.        1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th
        1.        Duncan Keith, CHI        1096        (76-37-14-2-1)
        2.        Mike Green, WSH        831        (34-46-23-15-9)
        3.        Drew Doughty, L.A.        662        (15-28-46-25-11)
        4.        Nicklas Lidstrom, DET        303        (4-9-16-28-36)
        5.        Chris Pronger, PHI        168        (2-3-9-22-16)
        6.        Dan Boyle, S.J.        116        (1-2-5-15-22)
        7.        Shea Weber, NSH        96        (1-2-6-12-6)
        8.        Zdeno Chara, BOS        88        (0-3-7-6-14)
        9.        Christian Ehrhoff, VAN        21        (0-1-0-3-5)
        10.        Mark Streit, NYI        15        (0-1-1-1-0)
        11.        Ryan Suter, NSH        13        (0-0-2-1-0)
        12.        Brian Rafalski, DET        12        (0-0-2-0-2)
        13.        Brent Seabrook, CHI        10        (0-0-2-0-0)
        14.        Sergei Gonchar, PIT        8        (0-1-0-0-1)
        15.        Tyler Myers, BUF        6        (0-0-0-0-6)
        16.        Dion Phaneuf, TOR        3        (0-0-0-1-0)
                Jeff Schultz, WSH        3        (0-0-0-1-0)
        18.        Ed Jovanovski, PHX        1        (0-0-0-0-1)
                Chris Phillips, OTT        1        (0-0-0-0-1)
                Anton Volchenkov, OTT        1        (0-0-0-0-1)

Obviously, a lot of people believe that Mike Green isn’t so much a defenseman as he is a forward that just happens to play the blue line, but his “defensive” numbers this year in having a +/- rating of +39 as well as his point totals may have done a lot to sway voters opinions of him. Green is outstanding at what he does, it’s just often difficult to to associate “defense” with a player who often gets exposed for not being very good at playing it.

On the upside for those gnashing their teeth over this, the battle between Doughty and Keith for this award on an annual basis should be outstanding for all of us who appreciate great two-way work on the blue line. These two players will be duking it out for this award for the next ten years at least.

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    Kings’ AHL affiliate gives Emery PTO

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    Ray Emery has agreed to join the Ontario Reign on a professional tryout, according to a team release.

    The Reign are the minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

    Emery attended Tampa Bay’s training camp on a PTO, but he was released after the team claimed Kevin Poulin on waivers from the Islanders.

    The 33-year-old had a 10-11-7 record with a 3.06 goals-against-average and a .894 save percentage in 31 games with the Flyers last season.

    Even with starter Jonathan Quick struggling, it’s hard to envision this move leading to a return to the NHL for Emery.

    The Kings have Quick and Jhonas Enroth with the big club, while veteran Peter Budaj was signed to a two-way contract on Friday.

    Goalie nods: Reimer makes first start of the season

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    James Reimer will get his first start of the 2015-16 season on Saturday night against Ottawa.

    Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock made it clear from the beginning that Jonathan Bernier was going to start on Wednesday against Montreal and Friday in Detroit, while Reimer would get in against the Sens.

    “I’ve known this for a long time that (Bernier is) starting and he’s starting on Wednesday and he’s starting on Friday. Reims is starting on Saturday,” Babcock said before the season began.

    Things haven’t gone according to plan for Toronto through two games.

    Not only have they lost both contests, but Bernier was pulled in yesterday’s 4-0 loss to the Red Wings, and the team has scored only one goal this season.

    Reimer, who stopped 12 of 13 shots in just under 40 minutes of action against Detroit, will go up against Craig Anderson.


    Cam Talbot will try to get his first win as an Oiler as they travel to Nashville to take on the Predators. Pekka Rinne will start for the Predators.

    Carey Price and Tuukka Rask will face-off when the Canadiens and Bruins renew hostilities at the TD Garden in Boston.

    Petr Mrazek will be between the pipes when the Red Wings take on the ‘Canes in Carolina. Cam Ward gets the nod for the Hurricanes.

    Keith Kinkaid for the Devils. Braden Holtby makes his first start of the year in the Capitals’ season opener.

    Steve Mason for the Flyers. Roberto Luongo for the Panthers in their opener.

    -Columbus hasn’t confirmed who their starter will be in the back half of their home-and-home with the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist will start for New York.

    Jake Allen makes his first start of the regular season for St. Louis. Devan Dubnyk for the Wild.

    -The Islanders have yet to confirm their starter for tonight’s game in Chicago. Scott Darling for the ‘Hawks after Corey Crawford helped spoil the party in Brooklyn yesterday.

    Antti Niemi gets the call for Dallas after he blanked the Penguins in his first start. Semyon Varlamov for Colorado.

    Jonas Hiller for Calgary. Ryan Miller for the Canucks.

    -The Penguins haven’t confirmed who their starter will be in Arizona tonight. Mike Smith will likely play in back-to-back games after beating the Kings on Friday.

    -The Ducks have yet to confirm their starter. Martin Jones will start for San Jose.