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Alex Edler roughs up Mike Smith

Via Puck Daddy, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler saw Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith playing the puck behind Phoenix's goal, and Edler decided to keep skating...

Edler received a 5-minute major for charging.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdi_kASSsJs

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 03/22/13 at 01:43 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Take out the trapezoid and make goalies fair game if they leave their crease to play the puck.

Posted by Hootinani on 03/22/13 at 07:39 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Edler will be meeting with the NHL around 6pm ET today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/22/13 at 07:47 AM ET

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Posted by Hootinani on 03/22/13 at 08:39 AM ET

Sorry, disagree completely. Remove the trapezoid, yes, but unless you want to fundamentally change the goalie equipment, you can’t make them fair game. Masks have no padding behind the head and neither do the chest protectors so unless you want to see the player shoulder and back pads on top of a goalies chest protector, I suggest remove the trapezoid but don’t make them fair game.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 03/22/13 at 08:42 AM ET

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I’d put this mostly on Smith. Edler’s allowed to go around the net but Smith’s blocking the entire area. Short of slamming himself face-first into the boards or the back of the net, Smith gave Edler no option other than to do what he did.

Posted by larry on 03/22/13 at 12:07 PM ET

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