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NHL looking at more goalie equipment reductions for 2013-14

Jul 25, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

Kari Lehtonen, Dale Weise AP

Last week, a report surfaced claiming the NHLPA had approved the NHL’s recommendation to decrease goalie pad height for the upcoming season.

Now, it appears more reductions could be on the way.

Speaking with In Goal Magazine, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said additional equipment reductions — specifically, measurement regulations and kneepad contouring — will be brought before the NHLPA and possibly implemented for the start of the season.

“We have the Players’ Association commitment to going back to the goaltender group on kneepads and some of the other additions that [NHL goalie equipment czar] Kay Whitmore has in mind to do,” Daly explained. “It is an ongoing process.

“We are going to get some movement this year with respect to goaltending equipment, but it’s going to continue to be a work in progress.”

As mentioned above, the NHLPA already OKed downsizing the height of goalie pads, which would essentially create larger five holes for shooters (for a lengthy, detailed explanation, click here.)

The issue with more changes to goalie pads is timing.

Equipment manufacturers need time to make these pads and, with specifics and regulations still not set in stone, producing legal gear in time for the start of the season could prove difficult.

That said, Daly and Whitmore see it differently.

“On Kneepads, what [Whitmore] wants to do, as I understand it, is not a manufacturing issue,” Daly said. “So if we get goaltender buy-in, it is something we can actually implement for next season.”

For more on all the specifics the NHL is proposing for next season, check out the full article at In Goal.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    So does this affect me as a goalie in my league? , hell no , don’t cut into the safety and I won’t mind it

  2. tomklassen - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Very mixed feelings about this. I like goals as much as the next person but I don’t see why this makes the game more exciting…

  3. steelers88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Please no more goalie equipment reductions.
    Signed a Penguins fan.

  4. hockeyflow33 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    People don’t like high scoring games, they like scoring chances. It’s why the last reductions didn’t have any effect. Things like eliminating the two-line pass, stopping the grabbing, etc… are what create the excitement.

    • elvispocomo - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Now that’s something I agree with. If they called penalties it would create more power plays initially, and as the game opened up to avoid penalties, more 5 on 5 chances.

      There are two things people like about hockey, the speed (and the skill used at that speed) and the physical play. Tripping, holding, hooking, diving, etc aren’t a part of any of that.

      As for the goalie equipment, there are parts that have gotten a bit ridiculous. There doesn’t need to be a ton of changes, apart from to simple things like the height of the pad above the knee. Otherwise, doing the stuff mentioned earlier is more than enough to make the game more exciting.

    • tdrusher225 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      I disagree, I think reducing the goalie pads is a smart move. There’s a reason the majority of goals in the NHL come from right in front of the net. Because there is no longer the realistic possibility that someone will be able to score on a shot from the top of the circles. It’s nearly impossible, and these NHL goaltenders are now in a position where if they can see the puck, they’re going to stop it. High traffic in front of the net is the only way to counter-balance that nowadays. The reason this would increase excitement and scoring chances is because if you bring back the threat of goals being being scored from a variety of areas, the defenses will have to adjust and that will allow the game to open up. Teams will no longer be able to pack it in around their goaltender and the open space will lead to more high pressure defenses, which leaves room for mistakes/scoring chances to be created.

  5. blomfeld - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Waiting for “goaltender buy-in” eh ?

    Well I for one say “F” the lot of these new-age “Michelin Man” queens, with their stupid ‘gutless & cowardly’ over-sized equipment ! (ie: comrades Quick and Brodeur are excused). I grew up playing as both a ‘street & ice’ hockey goalie and never ‘once’ did I ever find it necessary to protect myself with all of this Victoria’s Secret ‘pansy’ equipment ! My favorite goalie of all time is #20 Vladislav Tretiak and he is my true hero ! … that ‘glorious’ leader of the Soviets who I so often tried to emulate while playing myself in my younger years ! :) And I can assure you friends, that Tretiak would ‘never’ have donned this ‘pansy’ over-sized equipment in a million years … never !!!

    • bcallos7 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      bravo,i agree with you completly,ever since the early to mid 90s the scoring in hockey has gone down,and the nhl has only made insincere,bandaid attempts to put the scoring back in the game,and they have bent over backwards to give these prima donna goalies every break in the book,and of course with all that ridiculous eqipment it makes it a lot easier to makes saves,and the poor scorers have almost no chance.national hockey league,the name of your sport is hockey,not soccer,1-0,2-0, 2-1 scores are common in soccer not hockey,but for over a decade,it has been geting this way and it gets worse every year especially in the playoffs.and yes trediak was the greatest goalie,and a real goalie since he did have the overwhelming advantage of all this miserable eqipment worn by these prima donnas.but watch the nhl drag thier feet in cuting down the eqipment,and you know thier not going to cut down as much as they should…

      • bcallos7 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        forgive my error of course i meant tretiak did not have the overwhelming advantage………

      • clefty1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        A big part of why scoring went down was all the clutching, grabbing and hooking that was going on. Blofeld you sound like a IDIOT the goalies are also bigger in stature and far more athletic then the floppers of the past, you no longer have the 5′ 7″ goalie they are long gone.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      It definitely doesn’t have anything to do with the position-specific coaching that has been quite prevalent over the past decade

  6. jpelle82 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    i hope whatever they change will be geared toward showcasing goalie athleticism and start taking away from the goalies who just rely on size and being “positionally sound”. thinner chest pads, eliminate the oversized jerseys, smaller gloves will all help but butterfly guys will still be good at taking away the fivehole with smaller pads. plus, i want to see exciting goals and saves, not weak goals trickling through thinner leg pads.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Just being positionally sound at this level is incredibly difficult, not sure why you’re so quick to dismiss it.

      No one discounts a winger for always being open, why do it to a goalie?

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