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I like how apparently no one knew that this process was going to be incredibly time consuming and difficult. And they're doing this mid season!? By the way, how come no one seems to remember all the equipment reduction changes coming out of the 2004-2005 lockout? That's when everything was reduced including C/As and pants and the Kay Whitmore department was founded. I have no problem with streamlining goaltender equipment, but it seems like a hell of a lot of trouble for what will likely have no affect on goal scoring. But if that's what the mob wants, fine. It will be interesting to see what will happen after all these changes are implemented and goalies eventually adjust, and then goals per game remains the same. Will they cry about gear again, forgetting once again that it has already been reduced? Or will they call for the larger nets?
The league and owners are looking for that quick and easy fix, as well as scapegoats. Fact is that the way the game is coached and played today is to keep the other team off the scoresheet more than put the puck in the other team's net. Goalies are part of that but it has more to do with the size, skill and coaching of today's generation, rather than equipment. It's still a much smaller part than the league makes it out to be, though. The days of '80s level scoring are probably never coming back.
Fine, but do you really think it will matter? You think Miller will suddenly forget everything he's learned over his entire playing career and an inch here and an inch there will mean he's in the ECHL in a year? I'd say no.
I mean, that is Brown who is advertising to older and out of shape goalies. The only thing they really make that is usable to a modern style goalie is their chest and even then it is not mobile and lightweight compared to the competition. I'm talking about their main pieces and not their jock/knee guards.
The point of the paint rule is to fix Miller, he has yet to wear the new pants.
For all the talk of Miller and chest protectors, Markstrom’s loose-fitting pants were singled out behind the scenes as part of the NHL directive to slim down equipment next season, an effort that will include no more laces in the front of the pants for goalies to leave untied, more “spandex-like’ materials to keep the fit tight, and could trim as much as six inches from the big Swede’s profile at the waist
iirc, the concern with Marky is that he has already been working hard on adjusting his glove position (see mossey's posts on that other forum) and now this will create an opening such that the glove position may have to be adjusted further.
My son played against a little dude this past weekend in a squirt game that was wearing a nice new pair of Brown pants. You don't see many kids wearing new Brown gear. They were wide. Had that yellow stripe around the bottom.