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by George Malik on 06/06/13 at 11:26 PM ET
Update: Wrong blog, oh well, interesting discussion anyway.
One does not necessarily think, "Well, hey, the competition committee decided to actually tweak some rules...I'll go talk to Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens!" but the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran did just that, and he received some particularly nuanced observations and opinions regarding the concepts of making nets "shallower," reducing the size of goalie pads' thigh rises and instituting hybrid icing, at least for the 2013-2014 season's training camps and exhibition games:
Q: The league is hoping that by making the nets shallower and getting rid of the bow behind the posts – making the sides straighter – there will be more wraparounds and jam plays.
Scrivens: “The biggest thing is: You’ve still got to make it around the post. As round as it is now on the outside, that almost could be more conducive to a wraparound, because if you think about the actual path a puck has to travel it almost has to go in an arc. If you have a straight line and try to come at the post, you almost have a 180-degree turn to try to wrap it in instead of having a little more arc to it. If you know racing and turns, travelling in an arc is faster.”
Q: Will there be any advantage for the skilled player with shallower nets?
Scrivens: “You can be on the far side and do a behind-the-back reverse pass out to the short side. If the guy is coming from the corner, going behind the net and he’ll be able to put it back to where he just came. With the shallower net, he can almost get farther to one side of the net before the point of no return.
“My guess would be it would add more playmaking ability to the skill players behind the net, but conversely it gives the defencemen more time behind the net, more room to make plays. It might help them to break the puck out even easier, which is less conducive to offence.”
Continued, and the article's worth your time.
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