Chara, a six-time finalist who won the award in the 2008-09
season, averaged a team-high 24:39 of ice time per game, nearly
three minutes more than the next-closest player, and also placed
in the top 10 among NHL defensemen in goals (17), plus/minus
(+25), power-play goals (10) and game-winning goals (3).
Keith, a two-time finalist who captured the award for the NHL's
2009-10 campaign, led all defensemen with 55 assists and ranked
second among blueliners with 61 points while playing a team-high
average of 24:38 per game.
Weber, a two-time runner-up for the Norris Trophy, ranked first
among defensemen with 23 goals and set a franchise record for
points by a blueliner with 56, leading the Predators in scoring
for the second consecutive season.
The award winner will be named June 24 at the NHL awards
ceremony in Las Vegas.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Julian Linden)
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