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by Paul on 03/10/12 at 01:35 PM ET
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Is is possible a goaltender can be too tall? At what point does a big guy just not have the agility to be effective? Ben Bishop of the Ottawa Senators is the tallest goaltender to play in the NHL at 6-foot-7. Talking to scouts, other goaltenders and goaltending coaches, there was concern about the size of a 5-hole on a big goaltender and the fact is, it just takes longer for a taller guy to collapse to the ice and close that 5-hole. Bishop said that’s something he has worked on and improved. Senators coach Paul MacLean doesn’t think a goaltender can be too big. “I look at (Bishop) and say, ‘Where’s the net?’ That’s not a bad thing.”
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