Butterfly or Standup?
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12-13-2004, 06:45 PM
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Brodeur and Burke don't play the stand-up style. They play a hybrid. In fact it's just easier to say they play a non-butterfly style. The last goalie who played a by-the-book stand-up style was Kirk MacLean in Vancouver, or Burke when he was in New Jersey and Hartford.
And I don't believe that the butterfly inherently limits the use of the pokecheck at all. While I don't consider myself a butterfly goalie, I have snapped a few pokechecks from my knees in my time. In fact, it works better because even if a shooter gets it away, odds are it hits your pads anyway, and with the big pads butterfly goalies favour they would close the five hole too.
I can't say whether one technique is better than any other technique. Force Martin Brodeur to play butterfly and I don't think he'd be as good. Force Luongo to play stand-up and I don't think he'd be as good either. Styles are as unique as the guys who don the pads and what works for one, may not work for another.
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