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The Bigger Net Debate

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

The issue, surely, is not so much the size of the goalie equipment, but the size of the goalies.

At the March 20 meeting of NHL general managers in Toronto, much was made of the size of goaltending equipment and what measures might be done to harness in the outrageous padding and jerseys that turn a stick-man like Buffalo’s Ryan Miller into a Euclid truck.

Shrink the trapper, some say. Slice the pads in half. Ban the spinnaker jersey. Mike Murphy, NHL vice-president of hockey operations, has even suggested increasing the height of the net by six inches to open up more “roofing” space, whatever it takes to up the scoring.

“I know the traditionalists will say it will alter all the records,” Murphy told a Toronto newspaper, “but if it makes the game more entertaining, isn’t that enough of a tradeoff?”

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“I know the traditionalists will say it will alter all the records,” Murphy told a Toronto newspaper, “but if it makes the game more entertaining, isn’t that enough of a tradeoff?”

... Nope. Not at all.

Do you think the NBA will ever make their nets wider? Will the NFL shrink the size of their fields? Will any professional soccer widen their nets?

Nope.

I’m fine with shrinking gear, but if they increase the size of the nets, my head will explode. I don’t even get the debate. What do you want Mr. Bettman, 10-8 games on a nightly basis? More goals won’t increase attendance, you moron.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 03/30/13 at 09:37 AM ET

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Gloves and Blockers are already ridiculously small.  They are potentially smaller now then they have ever been.  If they go after any goaltenders equipment it should be Chest Protector.

I do 100% agree with Drew, more goal’s do not equate to more excitement.  The most popular sport in the world (soccer) is low scoring.  A 1-0 game is just as exciting as a 5-4 game. 

 

Posted by wingsnut25 from Cheboygan, MI on 03/30/13 at 11:17 AM ET

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