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Merriam Webster defines anachronistic as "the state or condition of being chronologically out of place."
No other word better defines the hockey career of Mike Green.
You see, Green is playing hockey in the wrong era. If he were playing in the NHL 40 years ago, he'd have won the Norris Trophy half-a-dozen times, much like Bobby Orr. If Green were playing in the NHL 30 years ago, he'd have won the Norris three or four times, much like Paul Coffey.
But instead, Green is playing in an era in which for a brief period of two seasons, the NHL decided to break from the precedent set by Orr in which the Norris Trophy winner is given to an offensive-minded defenseman.
During this period—from 2008 to 2010—the NHL instead awarded the Norris Trophy to a defensive-minded defenseman, only to reestablish the offense-first precedent after that two-year window had closed.
As a result, Mike Green has no Norris Trophies, and the credibility of the award as a fair and valid means of acknowledging outstanding defensemen of all skill sets has been further eroded.
Green's anachronistic career was further highlighted when the 2011-12 Norris Trophy was awarded to Ottawa Senators rookie Erik Karlsson, who posted 19 goals, 59 assists and 78 points with a plus-16 rating.
These numbers were eerily similar to Green's 2009-10 season, when he scored 19 goals with 57 assists for 76 points, with a plus-39 rating. Despite almost identical seasons, the Norris went to Karlsson that season, but never Green.
Wrong place, wrong time.