Chara has the look of a Norris winner

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Photo: Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara turned in another strong season for his team, making him a leading candidate for the NHL's Norris Trophy (courtesy of

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The James Norris Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the top NHL defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability at the position.

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Three strong candidates for the Vezina Trophy

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Photo: While the New York Rangers excelled as a team in the 2011-12 season, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist played a major role in the team's success this season (courtesy of

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The 2011-12 NHL season saw some tremendous goaltending performances with numerous players being worthy of a Vezina Trophy candidacy. There can be only three candidates, however, and it will be hard to argue against any of the following three netminders.

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Hitchcock leads candidates for Jack Adams Award

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Photo: St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock landed the job in November and could end up on the short list of candidates for the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year (courtesy of

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Candidates abound for the Jack Adams Award early in the season, but the field is always pared as the the season progresses. This season, for example, Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo looked to be a lock for the award until a mid-season collapse by the Wild took him out of the running. On the other hand, one of our three finalists didn’t even start the season behind a team’s bench, to give you an idea of how fickle this game can be.

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Selke Trophy may return to the East

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Photo: Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is strong at both ends of the ice, but he is also the top face-off artist in the NHL (courtesy of

Will Schneekloth/Icon SMI)

To the new or casual hockey fan, the Frank J. Selke Trophy is an award given at the end of every NHL season to the forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game. The winner is selected by the Professional Hockey Writer's Association following the regular season. The 2011 winner of the trophy was Vancouver Canucks center, Ryan Kesler.

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Northwest: Oilers look to improve grade in 2012-13

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Photo: The Edmonton Oilers' high-powered trio of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (L), Taylor Hall (C), and Jordan Eberle (R) could soon be joined by another highly talented forward when the team chooses first at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of

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The 2011-12 NHL regular season has come and gone and most teams in the Northwest Division have been sent packing. With that in mind, now seems like as good a time as any to take a look at every team in the division and see how their seasons' broke down.

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