People that claim that goaltending equipment is too big and must be reduced to increase scoring are misguided and unsure of what the root of the problem is.
Even with reduced padding, tenders would still be dominant, then it'll become a slipper slope of smaller and smaller goaltender pads.
Scoring has gone down since the crackdown on goaltender's equipment already, it's not the goaltenders equipment allowing for so little offensive chances, it's more focus upon the defensive end of the game and the coaching that is involved with it.
If you want to allow more chances, the ice surface needs to be more wide open to allow those chances. Really, the only viable solution is too increase the ice surface.
Of course, not to international size, but a nice median in between would be suffice.
I don't think my opinion is misguided and I don't acknowledge that there is a problem. I don't want to see the game change. I like it how it is now. I don't want shotblocking outlawed or the ice surface expanded. My point was that if people want to increase goal-scoring just for the sake of increasing it, making the goalie equipment smaller would have the smallest impact on the overall flow/style of play. Again, I don't want the NHL to become more like European hockey. That's just my opinion.
If anyone thinks that increasing goal scoring will increase the popularity of the sport, they may be over thinking it. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and it's lower scoring than hockey. The game is fine as it is now. The popularity would be helped by NOT making the rules more convoluted than they already are and by NOT taking away from the traditional culture of the game. If the NHL did a better job of promoting itself for what it really is - a tough sport where players routinely lay it all on the line, for example with shotblocking - they'd have better success in the U.S.
I think it is more about defence being easier to coach, and to play. These players are the best hockey players in the world, but more of them are better at defence than offence. (my interpretation at least). The goalies are better than they have ever been, and the game is more coached than ever.
How many times are players able to pass the puck back and forth quickly when the defence are on them like white on rice. There is no room for those plays to happen often. Players are faster, stronger, more skilled, better equipped and better coached than they have ever been.
Personally, I would like to see the nets larger. Not much, just about a 1/4" larger on either side. That would make a lot of the post shots become goals and would make the games more exciting. A tiny bit larger net will open up more shooting angles and give the skill players more options to play offence.
You mean to tell me that the worlds greatest hockey players can't adjust fast enough to expose a guy chasing the points?
Look man, coaches don't want ANYBODY taking "risks". They don't want supremely gifted players attempting gifted plays. The defenses these teams play are nothing special, and the reason why they aren't thwarted is because coaches don't allow their players to attempt "risky" plays. Keep it to the boards. Work it down low.
Why watch a game that awards a trophy to the team that makes the fewest "mistakes"?