PITTSBURGH -- Ask Kris Letang to handicap the Norris Trophy race he is very much a part of and he clams up.
"You guys [in the media] think about it," the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman said after a recent midweek practice. "I don't."
One thing Letang does think about, though, is what qualities he evaluates in the best defensemen.
Don't bring up Letang's chances of winning a Norris if an answer is desired. But ask him what he thinks a Norris winner should play like and he opens up.
"You have to measure the way the guy played defensively, if he plays against tough lines every night, if he's a guy that is used in every situation," Letang said. "There's a lot of things you evaluate.
"I don't think you can measure that just on statistics."
Too bad for Letang, because solely judging by the points, he is having a season unmatched in the NHL.