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How P.K. Subban won the Norris Trophy

Harrison Mooney
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As expected, seeing as it leaked almost a week ago, P.K. Subban has indeed won the Norris Trophy awarded to the defenseman with "the greatest all-around ability in the position." It's a PHWA joint.

That sound you're hearing is the low moan of Marc Bergevin, who could have signed a pre-Norris Subban to a five-year, $25 million deal. Now he has a Norris winner that will need a new contract at the end of next season. That's unfortunate.

Subban narrowly beat out Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild, finishing with 66 first-place votes to Suter's 65, and just 36 more points overall.

The NHL, on Subban's merit:

Subban topped NHL defensemen in scoring, recording 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 42 games as the Canadiens won the Northeast Division crown and posted the League's fourth-best record. The 24-year-old Toronto native also led defensemen in power-play scoring with 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists), helping Montreal post the League's fifth-best success rate with the man advantage (20.7%). Subban ranked second on the Canadiens in points, plus-minus (+12) and average ice time per game (23:14).

And here's how voting from the Professional Hockey Writers' Association shook out.

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It's worth noting that, while the top three finalists just so happened to receive the most votes, the top five is rounded out by more defensive-minded defencemen Francois Beauchemin and Zdeno Chara. That's somewhat heartening.

But the most interesting thing to me here is that Andrei Markov received a first-place vote for the Norris. Somebody in the PHWA didn't even feel that Subban was the best defenceman on his team. How does that happen?

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