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01-21-2013, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
Changes, improvements in goaltending go hand in hand with changes and improvements in the offensive game and skill sets.... Growing number of players and teams capable of playing an east-west offence forces goalies to adapt to the changes you describe.
Indeed. Ones criticisms or critiques' of the manner in which Goaltenders now play in adapting to these changes should be tempered somewhat as really refusing to change & evolve wasnt an option. Stagnation never is. Though current crops are decidedly lacking in a number of fundamentals, Im quite confident we'll see vast improvements, from just basic skating skills & rebound control, to stickwork & communication, a little more North-South with elements of Stand Up re-introduced in the coming years.

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