Wild notes: Goalie equipment downsized

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 12:15 AM


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minneg56Sep. 14, 13 6:39 AM

Good step 1 on netminder equipment. Now (except for helmets) eliminate all 'hard shell/lexan' upper body equipment for d-men and forwards. This will help increase scoring too - as equipment made of 'hard shell' is used to deliver concussions to the most exciting and dynamic players in the sport! Time to return to fabric and sponge elbow & shoulder gear. These were initially designed to 'absorb shock' from blows not to 'deliver' it! Classic hockey cheap shot artists would think twice about that random shoulder or elbow if they knew THEY might have a physical price to pay! Gear change is needed all around!

toatsmcgoatsSep. 14, 13 9:42 AM

Guess the NHL wants more pucks in da net this year.

bgrahamSep. 14, 1310:11 AM

Nice move by the NHL to shrink the pads again, but they still need to take a huge step and make the nets slightly bigger. A majority of goaltenders these days are just huge men and take up too much of the net. There is too much offensive talent in the league nowadays to see so many 1-0 and 2-1 games. The league should have made the ice surface a little bit bigger when all the teams were building new arenas in the past 10-15 years, but unfortunately the league lacked the vision to do so. A larger net would make the game much more entertaining. If not, the NHL will continue to post scores most nights like MLS.

goalieguruSep. 15, 1310:29 AM

Nets don't need to be bigger. That's messing with the history of the game and a fundamental element. NO WAY!! I think there is too much emphasis on equipment. Goaltending has gotten so much better in the last 15 - 20 years because of the training and focus that has been put on technique. Plus, we see far more athletic guys playing the position these days and that's a huge factor. I don't mind seeing smaller pad sizes though (although I don't think it matters that much). When I played, we had Brodeur style pads that were stuffed with deer hair and weighed 20 - 25% more!! There were plenty of great goaltenders back in those days so I don't buy the equipment factor as much as I buy the athleticism and training that makes these guys so good.

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