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by George Malik on 09/12/06 at 04:35 AM ET
"No, it wasn't a big concern at all in our meetings," Brodeur said. "People like to make a big deal about it because the bigger nets are being used [in rookie tournaments]. But it's not even close to coming up. Maybe in five years, if we see a dip in goal scoring like we did before the lockout. "But the only reason we see them being used is to test how big a difference the bigger nets make. Personally, I can't see it happening for a long time -- if it happens at all."The shootout rules are changing:
With the curvature of sticks being increased to three-quarters of an inch from half an inch, referees will no longer measure sticks before the shootout. But an opposing team can still request a measurement. If the player's curve is deemed illegal, the shooter would forfeit a chance for his team, but if the stick is legal, then the team that requested the measurement would surrender one of its shootout chances.continued
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