Is the illegal curve rule completely gone now or did they alter it?
I'm almost positive they changed the amount of curve on a stick either they year following the lockout or 06/07.. I'm not sure which. I want to say it is 1/2" now but I'm not positive but I think whatever they changed it to made it unlikely for a player to need to use an illegal stick. I'm pretty sure they rule still exists though.
From what I remember, the reason for the rule was to protect goalies when the padding wasn't as good. Now that padding is better and players can shoot 100 mph with a flat blade, the curve really doesn't matter.