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05-15-2012, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Chubros View Post
Look at the size of his equipment!

Maybe if the league mandates smaller gear then stand-up will become a more viable option than it is now. Pads that extend well above the knees allow butterfly goalies to close their five holes while their knees are 6 inches apart and massive shoulder pads allow for great coverage of the top half of the net from the knees. Take away these tools and perhaps the butterfly will be less dominant.
Stand-up will never be viable because it simply isn't as efficient of a style. The butterfly takes advantage of playing the percentages (on average, most shots are low) and the fact that the torso is the best part of the body to make saves with, not the arms and legs.

And IMO, you are exaggerating the equipment size. And even if it was made smaller, the butterfly would still be more effective. It's simply a smarter and more economical style of play regardless.

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