Washington Capitals (and Saskatoon Blades alumni) Mike Green has had an outstanding season for his team. He is the first blueliner to score 30 goals since the 1992-93 season. Because of that, many are saying he is the odds-on favourite to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman. If Green does indeed win, they should re-name the trophy the Paul Coffey trophy because it will be obvious the award is now going to not the best defenceman but the best offensive defenceman.
Green is a good player and will most likely be a part of our Olympic team but to say he is the league's best defenceman is a little bit of a stretch. A defenceman is supposed to shut down the opposition forwards and prevent them from getting scoring chances. Guys like Zdeno Chara, Nicklas Lidstrom, Dion Phaneuf and Chris Pronger are shutdown defencemen. Mike Green is not. Chara and Lidstrom are guys that you have on the ice no matter the situation. I don't think Green is one of Washington's main guys on the PK. Chara and Lidstrom are head and shoulders a better defenceman than Mike Green and my vote would go to Chara. Green has had an outstanding season but giving him the league's best blueliner honor because he has had the best offensive numbers is a little offensive if you ask me.