Re: Why I hate these NHL playoffs
posted at 5/4/2012 10:35 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Why I hate these NHL playoffs
You are full of yourself and presumptuous. You have no idea what I do or who I am. Stating you played goalie for 30 years means nothing, since I haven't brought up what I do or what my knowledge is. Perhaps I have played goalie for 40 years, 10 of which were in the NHL. It is still irrelevant in this discussion. If it was, I would say you should comment on nothing but goaltending from now on. This isn't an attack on goalies as people so you need to relax. Goalie shin pads are 11" wide. No goalie in the NHL has 11" wide shins. The pads are the shape they are to stop pucks, not to protect. The pads should be narrower, and protect the sides of the player's legs. The problem with the boring hockey is not the goaltenders, it's the strategy, this is true. But the strategy exists because it works. It works because average NHL goaltenders in the butterfly can stop a large percentage of pucks by simply squatting there. By playing the odds and putting a bunch of other players in the way of the shooter, not many shots will reach the back of the net. If you give shooters an additional 8 square feet to shoot at, the odds of winning with a collapse strategy is reduced. It will no longer make sense to sit back and allow 40+ low percentage shots a game because some of them will go in. This will force teams become more aggressive, and open up the game. FYI, I'm a strong advocate of changing all equipment. Smaller, softer pads for players playing out, and wooden/aluminum sticks as well. I don't think that advancements in equipment have made the game better, or safer. In Response to Re: Why I hate these NHL playoffs :
Posted by OatesCam
I think the advancement of equipment has made the game safer in some regards because I cant see players wearing old style equipment diving in front of Chara slap shots. Then again, you got players like David Perron bumping into Thornton and going out with a concussion because of the armor like shoulder pads.
As for the goalie equipment, I saw above soemone mentioned the chest protector, stand in front of a slap shot and let it hit you in the heart and rib area, you still feel it. You need soemthing that provides protection without compromising mobility. Marty Brodeur, who will never be accused of wearing excessive gear actually was told to trim his chest protection a few years back after the lockout. He said he would not change, but would try to modify his current one and and basically told them if they did not like it then too bad. He pointed out how with the change to players sticks was a growing concern to netminders. Players shots were getting significantly faster due to changing the technology in wich sticks were made. He cited a safety concern and went before the group of people (Shanahan etc..) that were in the commitee trying to open up the game. He won.
Pads were cut back from 12" to 11', i think thats fine. Lots of pads have a plus sizing adding an inch or two in length, I know Manny Legace went as high as 3". that is due to butterfly and closes up the 5-hole.
The gloves and blockers, before the lockout that was out of control. They were getting far too big with the gloves having too much blocker like padding from the cuff to the wrist.
I think the equioment is fine for now, it evolved due to the butterfly and technology of sticks, most protection without compromising mobilty and can handle water and sweat.
To me style of play is a the biggest issue, when Ovechkin is playing 2 minutes in the final period of a playoff game with one goal seperating the two teams that tells you all you need to know about where todays game is heading.