The arguments will continue on which is more important, the goalie or defencemen?
This appears to be the defencemen era as a majority of teams are investing an immense amount of that little cap money into their top four defencemen these days.
Last year the Chicago Blackhawks invested in Duncan Keith for the next 13 years. To no surprise, Keith brought home the Norris Trophy Award for the most elite defencemen in the 2009-2010 season.
Can he bring it back to Chicago again?
There are countless first-rate defencemen out on the ice, some even go unrecognized. Not many NHL players can repeat this grand prize, but it is not as difficult as defending the Stanley Cup.
Here is a look at some expected candidates for next season, some quite obvious and some unrecognized, that deserve to considered – again. This is all based on the past few seasons awards, Olympics and the contributions made to their respective team.