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01-20-2013, 08:54 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
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O6 goalies and skaters had complete skills. Goalies could direct rebounds out of danger, quarterback the defensive zone setting up the transition, handle the puck ti avoid faceoffs, etc.
Today's goalies regardless of their provenance cannot complete these basic skills. They rely on pad hardness to propel the puck out of danger or equipment to compensate for other weaknesses, cause panic defensive zone faceoffs, miscommunicate with teammates causing defensive zone faceoffs or turnovers.
Does not matter if they are Canadian, American, European or other provenance today's goalies are not as good.
This sounds like an awfully rose-colored view of the past. Wasn't Jacques Plante a pioneer because he handed the puck regularly? Would make it seem like other O6 goalies did not handle the puck regularly.
Also, if you want to criticize today's goalies for not having certain skills, that's fine, but be fair about it. How many O6 goalies could execute a perfect butterfly?
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