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Casual reminder: Shallow nets are ready for training camp

Sep 7, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

Tuukka Rask AP

It wasn’t one of the major changes made by the competition committee, but shallow nets will be making their debut in training camp.

The net depth will be reduced by four inches helping make the room behind the net slightly more spacious.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch spoke with former Blue Jackets forward, and current Director of Player Development, Chris Clark and finds out that while the change is subtle, the goalies will definitely take notice.

“You’re probably going to notice it a lot on wrap-arounds,” said Clark. “Those times when the goaltender gets his leg across just in time to cover the other post? Those might be goals now.

“The players haven’t seen them yet. The goaltenders haven’t played with them yet. But it’s going to take some getting used to.”

Good thing for everyone that preseason and training camp lasts about three weeks because that’s what they’ll have to get used to them before the games count.

Portzline also points out that the pipes will be more squared off in the corners and are also narrower. It’s not drastic by any means, but it might be just enough to help scorers find the back of the net more often.

  1. stakex - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    In theory, this could result in a few more goals a year… but probably a statistically insignificant amount.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    With the size of goalies and the flair they’re able to put on their butterfly, most NHL goalies are able to cover the majority of the net down low. It’s a minor push-off for these guys to get over to the other post; not sure it will make any impact at all.

  3. jessejames182 - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    So bigger limited area where goalies can play the puck?

  4. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I wish they’d ditch that stupid trapezoid rule. See quite a few players get injured chasing pucks into the corners, pucks that goalies used to be able to safely clear.

    • avfanforlife - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      Plus it’s always fun when a goaltender goes to the corner and misplays the puck and can’t get back in time to stop the empty-netter. Even the best puck handlers (like Brodeur) have given up a freebie once in a while. Miss those days – Lose the trapezoid!

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        They even call the trapezoid rule “The Brodeur Rule”… I miss those days too. So much fun watching guys like Brodeur and Hextall try and score goals on empty nets too.

  5. phillyphannn83 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I wonder if EA will update NHL 14 to reflect the change as well, not that it really matters

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  7. ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Good new for player Joe Thornton, beast behind the net

  8. ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Good new for players like Joe Thornton, beast behind the net

  9. ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    ^ wtf

  10. kingsforever - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Yeah Ethan that’s my reaction to all of your posts

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