NHL To Change Goalie Pads, Is That The Answer?

NHL goaltenders are looking more like giant blobs, and less like humans. I keep hearing change the net size, make the ice bigger, call the game the correct way. Honestly I’m not sure that’s the  problem.

NHL.com has all the rules for goaltender equipment laid out in black and white. http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26287

CBSsports.com had a report form a few days ago. NHL, NHLPA agree on reduction in goalie pad size. http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/23054580/report-nhl-nhlpa-agree-on-reduction-in-goalie-pad-size

In other words, the pads might be smaller for next season but that might not necessarily mean the five hole will be bigger. It will be a work in progress but it’s tough to do much more at this point with the season already nearing.

While changing the pad size may not fix all the scoring issues it is a worth a try.  I’m sure some people are going to say how can a goalie be protected from 100 MPH shots with smaller padding? That’s a fair question. Let me ask you this is it the shot or the stick? Is it the stick or the size of the player taking the shot? The NHL has to start somewhere.

I’d love to see a change back to the old school wooden sticks, and change the forwards, and defenseman’s pad sizes as well. Why stop in-goal? I think if the NHL is so concerned with player safety than make the game safer. You have to admit, there was something to old school hockey that is missing in today’s game.

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