So i just finished reading some comments on the ESPN.com "Question of the Week". That question this week is, "What new NHL rule would you implement?" I have to say that I was pretty stunned by what I read. None as much as this one though:
"Get rid of the trapezoid and allow the goalie to play the puck behind the net again, with one change. When the goalie goes behind the goal line to play the puck, he is just like any other player - fair game. If the goalie wants to leave the crease to act as a third defensemen, let him take the abuse of a defensemen. He's wearing more padding than anyone, so he should be able to take a hit. This would lead to more exciting action (people would love to see the goalie getting creamed!), more scoring chances and better flow."
Clearly this person is not a fan of the NHL, or he is just that dumb. I don't know which, but I am not here to pass judgement, just find out what the most knowledgeable fans in all of hockey (Avalanche fans) think.
I know me personally (as a goalie myself) wouldn't mind getting rid of the trapezoid, I don't play in the NHL obviously so I don't know what it is like to play with it. But I do take several tips from watching Martin Brodeur and Marty Truco on how they handle the puck, and I can only imagine some of the passes they would be able to make with out having to play within their "cage". This however doesn't come without a certain amount of risk/reward. As Marty found out Saturday afternoon as he turned the puck over behind his net to Wojtek Wolski who found Tyler Arnason in the slot with a wide open net and potted his first goal of the young season.
There are also some goalies out there that would love to engage in some of the physical parts of the game, but seeing how goaltending is by far the hardest and most important position in all of pro sports, the focus should only be on stopping the puck. There a more than a few goalies in the league who have found this out the hard way up to this point in the season.
Could you all imagine what would happen if the NHL listened to this dolt who suggested that goalies be free game, and the next day, Martin Brodeur, or any other high profile goalie, is taken out and gets seriously injured? That same person who wanted to change the rule in the first place would be screaming for the league to fine and suspend the person until the end of time!
What do you guys think?