The NHL awards the James Norris Trophy to the "defensive player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position."
Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit has won the Norris seven times, including last season, but it's unlikely he'll win it again this year. Lidstrom is having a good but not great season for the Red Wings.
This award almost always goes to an offensive-minded defenseman. The last true stay-at-home blueliner to win it was Rod Langway of the Washington Capitals back in 1984.
While Lidstrom, Florida's Bryan Campbell, Boston's Zdeno Chara and Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien will all get some consideration, there are three candidates who are likely to be finalists for the Norris Trophy this year.