Effect of smaller equipment on Henriks game?
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05-27-2008, 02:38 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Northern NJ
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Assuming that your facts are straight, which they may very well be after I've looked at a few images, there is another aspect that isn't being discussed. There is nothing a goalie can do to 'increase' his advantage in coverage that doesn't bring along some drawbacks as well.
The fact is that by having longer pads, Lundqvist forces himself to take a lower stance (as is the case with all butterfly goalies). By doing so, he reveals more of the top of the net. I think the argument can be made that any increased coverage he acquires in the lower half of the net, comes by sacrificing coverage in the top of the net. This is supported by the fact that people are always claiming he is easily beaten up high.
Many goalies around the league have similar pad lengths to Lundqvists.
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I don't get this...why would adding length to a goalie's pads cause him to give up more space higher in the net? Assuming his style doesn't change with longer or shorter pads, he's not giving up anything up top by using longer pads. There's no sacrifice being made elsewhere by using longer pads - if anything maybe you can say the extra weight might affect his reaction time a bit, but given how light the pads are nowadays, I doubt there's really much downside to the extra weight.
The claim that Lundqvist is easily beaten up high does nothing to support your claim either - that has much more to do with his style of play & tendency to drop into the butterfly quickly vs. anything to do with the length of his pads. By your theory though, I guess his ability to cover the top part of the net should improve with a reduction in pad size?
And for the record, I don't think anyone is singling out Lundqvist as the lone offender out there - there are plenty of goalies that use the longest pads allowed.
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