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10-25-2012, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Minimalist View Post
You're just going to have to accept the fact that a lot of people don't think Karlsson deserved to win the Norris.

Some people even go so far as to say his winning sullies the prestige of the trophy for future recipients.

But to be fair, people used to slam Coffey all the time too. Especially Ray Bourque fans.

It really comes down to preference, team needs, and how people believe hockey is best played. Karlsson would drive someone like Hitch crazy, but Laviolette would love him. It really comes down to hockey philosophies.
What's so hilarious is that this same debate went on ad infinitum in the 80s between Coffey and Bourque supporters.

It also comes down to "paying your dues".

When Niedermayer beat out Chara for the Norris, everyone talked about "career achievement" as if that's some kind of criterion for the Norris.

In short, the criteria is whatever the voters decide to apply in any given circumstance.

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