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06-27-2004, 12:35 PM
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NHL Goaltending in the year 2009

An interesting (or at least I think so) topic that arises from Lowe's post-Dubnyk-draft comments.

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Wise decisions are usually borne from pragmatic minds. History repeats itself with tireless consistency. But a guy also has to be also aware that the world is always moving beneath our feet.

So ... what will the prototypical NHL goalie look like in 2009?

My guess, if there are no rule changes ...
Exactly like it does now. Especially with the under-30 set. Every beggar is an Allaire disciple now it seems. Most everyone between the pipes plays the probabilities. It isn't as fun as it was watching guys like Palmateer ... but it works. It works very well.

My guess, if there ARE rule changes ...
If the nets get bigger and the equipment gets smaller:
Playing the probabilites and letting the puck hit you ... it won't work so well when there is a bunch of net for the shooter to see. Quality shooters will be taking shots to try and score instead of firing the puck into traffuc and hoping fo a bounce, or trying to make a low percentage pass, or taking a shot with a view only to create a rebound.
Goalies are going to have be freaking huge ... or really athletic. I'm not sure which ... but changes are coming. Probably someone who has played a lot of goal would have a better guess ... anyone out there????

If the goalie is not allowed to wander:
This one seems just on the horizon. And clearly the value of the great puck-handling goalie will drop. And the value of the pure puck-stopper will rise. This is just huge IMO. The ability to handle the puck well makes such an enormous difference to the value of guys like Turco and Brodeur ... and very soon it won't.

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I think it's going to be very interesting to see which way it goes. If the nets get bigger and equipment gets smaller, Lowe is going to look like a genius for drafting Dubby. If not, I think he's going to be red in the face for passing on Schwarz.

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My guess, if there are no rule changes ...
Exactly like it does now.
Then DD better put that brain to work. If he does we have Dryden. If he doesn't we have Turek.

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My guess, if there ARE rule changes ...
If the nets get bigger and the equipment gets smaller:
Playing the probabilites and letting the puck hit you ... it won't work so well when there is a bunch of net for the shooter to see.

If the goalie is not allowed to wander:
This one seems just on the horizon. And clearly the value of the great puck-handling goalie will drop. And the value of the pure puck-stopper will rise. This is just huge IMO. The ability to handle the puck well makes such an enormous difference to the value of guys like Turco and Brodeur ...
The big key is the 2nd remedy - handling the puck. My own viewpoint is that it should be restricted to NOT handling the puck behind the plane of the goal-line; but that's just me.

Regardless, if the puckhandling becomes an issue then Turco and Dipietro are in huge trouble (much less so Brodeur) and DD instantly looks like a much better player.


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I absolutely hate that rule change...

The idea is to put more skill into the game, and what they have done is take a skill out of the game.

My question is this:

Does this mean that the goaltender cannot touch the puck at all behind the goal-line, or does it mean he can't go behind the goalline to touch the puck?

They should have made it open season on goaltenders behind the goal-line, that would have been a much better rule.

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I'm not big on changing the size of the net. But, if they allowed players to put whatever wicked curve on a stick they wanted, how would that affect goaltending?

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I absolutely hate that rule change... The idea is to put more skill into the game, and what they have done is take a skill out of the game.

My question is this:

Does this mean that the goaltender cannot touch the puck at all behind the goal-line, or does it mean he can't go behind the goalline to touch the puck?

They should have made it open season on goaltenders behind the goal-line, that would have been a much better rule.
My version would only allow the stopping of the puck behind the goal-line - no passing or shooting or moving it - just stopping it. They would be able to play it like they can now if in front of the goal-line. Of course interpretation would have to have some allowances (deflecting a shot that would miss the net but be behind the plane of the line for instance).

I have little idea right now how the NHL's version works.


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