Report: Zdeno Chara Once Again a Finalist for Norris Trophy as League’s Best Defenseman


April 26, 2012

Report: Zdeno Chara Once Again a Finalist for Norris Trophy as League's Best DefensemanPatrice Bergeron will have some company at the NHL awards ceremony following the season.

Bergeron, who is a finalist for the Selke Award, will be joined by defenseman Zdeno Chara, who is finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman, according to the Boston Herald. TSN's Brent Wallace reports that Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Nashville's Shea Weber are the other two finalists for the Norris.

Chara's nod won't come as a surprise to no one, as the Bruins captain is widely regarded as one of, if not the best d-man in the NHL today. Chara won the Norris in 2008-09, and has been a finalist four times now, including last season as well. He was beat out last year, however, by Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom.

The Boston blueliner had another terrific season in 2011-12, posting a career high in assists (40) and points (52). Charged with shutting down the opposition's best player every time he steps on the ice, Chara was still a plus-33 this season, third in the league behind teammates Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin.

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