Last week, Henrik Lundqvist expressed safety concerns about the NHL's recommendation to shorten the length of goaltender's leg pads. Well it looks like those recommendations have become a reality as the Rangers netminder tweeted out a pic of his new, shorter pads....
Here's Lundqvist on the new pads...
"Not sure how it will affect my game. Hopefully I'll be faster."
...not sure about you guys, but I think he'll be just fine.
...although, if he does struggle to adjust, it could end up costing him in the wallet come contract extension time.
I think it's funny that the NHL changes everything over and over again to increase scoring, but never even considers making the ice surface bigger.
In fact, I think it's funny that the NHL seems to change something about the game every year, and sometimes it seems just for the hell of it.
Don't mean to hijack the thread, but maybe this is a good open thread subject during the off-season?
What rule changes/innovations in recent memory have been good or bad for the NHL?
-Marsh pegs (I remember how bad the magnets were)
-Goal cam (it took a while, but I think they do a good job with it now - maybe they'll get that roto-cam technology soon)
-Mandatory helmets/visors. I'll throw in the new tech on goalie masks in here too, cause now it allows crazy goalies like Hank to make saves with their heads - awesome)
-the blue crease rule (at least they learned and got rid of it)
-wearing formerly away jerseys at home (I miss the NYR in home whites)
-shootouts (sure they can be entertaining - Marek Malik) Silly skills competition that can make or break a team getting into the playoffs (what a sucktastic way to end '10)
I hope the straps hold better then the old ones did. Or am I the only one who noticed that he was getting them fixed more then most goalies during games.
it's kind of hard to tell how short they are without seeing him wearing them. i'm hoping it will make him faster too. i also hope that, while scoring generally goes up around the NHL, Lundquist is practically unbeatable.
i know i'm in the minority on this, but i actually prefer to see the Rangers' blue shirts at home. i think the team wearing their colors looks better. white is generic and, to me, makes sense as a road jersey. at home, we are the blue shirts!
You do realize that requiring a larger ice surface would mean retrofitting EVERY arena. Also they'd have to all be done over the same off-season. Can't have different sized rinks during a "transition phase". It's easier and CHEAPER (for the owners) to just change rules and equipment restrictions.
@shoot_the_goalie getting rid of the two line pass was a damn good idea
They gotta go to a 3 PT for reg win 2 PT OT win 1 PT so win system. That would ratchet up the intensity in OT. And yes home whites.
@shoot_the_goalie The Foxtrax.
@jmacwilli i think this applies to all of Ranger nation
@BeukeBoomer23 @shoot_the_goalie Well, not necessarily. The Bruins played on a smaller rink my entire childhood. In fact, there were several rinks of slightly different sizes. Yes, this would be a big size change, but who cares? Give the owners 3 years. You could probably get most done in one, but again who cares? We have shoot-outs determining outcomes now for God's sake. Both teams would have to play on the same rink. right?