NHL testing rule changes next week
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08-13-2011, 10:07 AM
Join Date: Aug 2005
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Only one i like is the removal of the trapezoid. that was never a good idea. Goalies should be able to take the risk and go into the corner to play the puck.
That rule was put into play to help teams establish a forecheck. It wasn't done to stop the small handful of goalies that can handle the puck well.
In the past many goalies (regardless of the puck handling ability) would kill a forecheck by going into the corners after a dump in and holding the puck for their dmen. Since goalies can't be touched it made it very difficult to retrieve the puck for the forechecking team. The goalie would basically shield the puck and/or their dman.
That rule forces the dmen to get the puck themselves without the help of the goalie shielding the puck or dman from a forechecker. The downside of course has been dmen getting killed by foecheckers.
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