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Give New Rules A Chance

from the Toronto Star,
There is no truth, according to an NHL spokesman, to the rumour that goaltenders will be wearing advertising on their new, slimmed-down jerseys this season. But to hear New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur tell it, it's the blueliners whose uniforms could have something extra, like perhaps a target. With the NHL cracking down on obstruction, taking away the defenders' ability to slow forecheckers, combined with limiting the areas in which goalies can handle the puck, Brodeur figures the defencemen will often be defenceless as they hustle back to retrieve dump-ins. "Guys are going to go back and pick up the puck and goalies aren't going to be able to help them out any more. So I think you'll see a lot more banging and maybe your top defencemen getting hurt because your goalies can't interfere and make plays for your own team," he said. And Brodeur, it must be pointed out, is generally an enthusiastic supporter of giving the new rules and rule interpretations a try. However, if one thing was clear yesterday as 10 NHL players — including Brodeur — took part in a media conference call, it's that it remains very unclear as to how the style of play is going to unfold this season. The game is changing but no one, not even the guys who play it, are sure where it's going.


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