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11-19-2012, 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by jack mullet View Post
based on what?
Just a few things. It's hard to separate Weber and Chara that year, and to me Weber's case is muddled by playing with Suter. A fair number of people who watched Nashville with regularity considered Suter to be at least as good, if not better.

In 1998 there were was a greater number of legitimate Norris candidates, but most have a limiting factor. MacInnis and Zubov were both very good but missed some time, Niedermayer was great but he wasn't even perceived at New Jersey's #1 defenceman, Stevens was also great but he hardly did anything offensively. Pronger had the best case against Lidstrom in my opinion, but be played behind MacInnis somewhat that year and definitely on the PP. Blake I feel was great, but definitely not as good as Lidstrom. Lidstrom had the strongest case, but he wasn't exactly blowing people away.

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