Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/24/13 at 03:05 PM ET
Jonathan Bernier of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks, Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Colorado Avalanche.discuss the shorter pads...
from Arpon Basu of NHL.com,
Giguere, for one, hopes bosses around the League will understand what the goalies will be going through.
"Coaches and GMs, you guys want that, you've been asking for more goals [through the] five hole," Giguere joked. "So if your goalie gives up a goal five hole, you need to take a breath and remember that you asked for it. It's not our fault."
The shorter leg pad will most affect the goaltenders who were close to the previous NHL limit, while those who were already using pads that were below that number should be able to make an easier adjustment.
"For me it's not a huge change, I only lost an inch," Bernier said. "I think the way I play, my butterfly's not very wide, but I guess we'll see if I start getting scored on [through] the five hole. For some guys it's a really big change, some guys lost two and a half inches, so that's five inches total when you go down in a butterfly. It's huge."
The change in the sizing also represented a challenge for the equipment manufacturers, who had to alter their schedules in order to accommodate the changes later in the summer than they are accustomed to.
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