There's a definite change in the air as far as the Norris Trophy is concerned.
That was pretty much guaranteed when Nicklas Lidstrom retired from the Detroit Red Wings at the end of last season. It was fairly well certified when defending Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson's Achilles was cut in February and his season came to a surgical halt.
This year's candidates feature several big names like Zdeno Chara, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. The latter two got off to slow starts after signing exorbitant contracts. Neither may be worth their current salary, but both are playing well.
Other candidates include Kris Letang, Niklas Kronwall and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Here's our power ranking of the top-10 Norris Trophy candidates for the 2013 season.