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Report: Subban to win Norris Trophy, meaning Suter won't be named league's top defenseman

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: June 10, 2013 - 1:42 PM

Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban will be announced as the Norris Trophy winner at the Stanley Cup Final, according to a tweet from Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos.

If true, Subban beat out the Wild's Ryan Suter and Pittsburgh's Kris Letang for the league's best defenseman award for 2012-13.

Suter, 28, led the NHL in average ice time (27 minutes, 16 seconds) a game, finished third among defensemen in points (32) behind Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and second in assists (28) behind Letang.

Because of the lockout, the traditional Las Vegas awards show won't occur this year. Typically, the three finalists for each award are brought in to Vegas for a big gala.

As a replacement this year, the winners for all the awards (not all winners can attend hear) will be brought in to the Stanley Cup Finals. Because of this factoid, word is bound to leak out slowly but surely beforehand as to which players have been invited to the Finals (hence, I'm guessing the genesis of today's Subban news).

The Wild's Josh Harding is a finalist for the Masterton, incidentally.

In other news:

Defending The Blue Line (DTBL) will host an NHL Players Charity Hockey Game on Saturday, August 3 at 3:00 p.m. at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota Campus. The game will feature U.S. born NHL players vs. Canadian born NHL players.

On Monday, July 1, tickets to the game and the player autograph session will go on sale exclusively at www.DefendingTheBlueLine.org. An initial roster of players participating will also be released and jerseys for the event will be unveiled at Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub on July 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Defending The Blue Line is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by a group of National Guard soldiers from Minnesota. The charity assists families of all branches of the military with costs associated with hockey. They provide financial assistance for registration fees, free equipment, summer hockey camps, and send many deserving families to watch National Hockey League games.

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