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Who Should Have Won: Zdeno Chara
This was almost without a shadow of a doubt in my mind giving the award to the default player who always wins.
Nick Lidstrom had a great year. At the age of 41 he was able to put up 16 goals and 62 points on his way to being one of the top scoring defensemen in the league.
However, he was also a minus-2 in plus/minus rating, showing some weakness on the defensive side of his game.
By that same logic, Lubomir Visnovsky of the Anaheim Ducks should have been here after putting up 18 goals and 68 points and a plus-18 rating on his way to leading all NHL defensemen in points.
But the guy they call "Lubo" wasn't even given the nod for a finalist position for the trophy, which appears to be an absolute crime after those numbers when compared to Lidstrom's.
However, this isn't an award for the most offensively-skilled defenseman, and that's why Nick Lidstrom shouldn't have won.
The best defenseman in the game right now is undeniably the 6'9" Slovakian giant known as Zdeno Chara.
After a brilliant year that saw him earn an All-Star berth in the regular season, Chara also put up his first career hat trick and lead the NHL in overall plus/minus despite regularly playing both sets of the Boston Bruins' special teams.
He showed strong offensive talent to accompany unparalleled defensive talent all season long.
For that reason I believe the NHL really missed the boat on this one, as even by the definition of the trophy, Chara was clearly the better candidate.