Apparently, the new Olympic pads that Henrik Lundqvist will be wearing in Sochi do in fact comply with NHL regulations, despite IIHF and IOC rules permitting him to play with larger-sized equipment.
Lundqvist told Larry Brooks at the New York Post that he prefers the smaller equipment as he's able to move more easily.
...i'm not sure if it's the angle of the below picture or because the Olympic pads haven't been broken in yet, but the blue and yellow pads definitely seem much taller in this pic (via Lundqvist Twitter)...
Lundqvist also had a message for those so-called experts who blamed his early season struggles due to an adjustment periond with the reduced pad size...
“The people who said that the pads were the reason I was not playing well, or said I’d been good before because I’d been cheating, maybe I’d care if they weren’t ignorant about the game and the position,” Lundqvist told The Post.
“You close your pads at the knees, not at the tops. The way I play, staying back and then moving across, the change has actually helped me.”
...hmmmmm, I wonder what fat, sister-in-law stealing, Yankee Stadium ice complaining Devils goaltender Lundqvist is talking about. For the answer, click here. Way to stand up for yourself, Hank!
...to be honest, I don't care why Lundqvist played so poorly earlier this season as long has he's hot now. It's no coincidence that the Rangers finally began to turn the season around once Lundqvist started to get into a groove. Since the first time he stepped on the ice in a Rangers uniform he's been the life blood of this team, which is why any success this season and beyond will be in large part to Lundqvist's heroics.
It's so ironic that Brodeur got smoked in the winter classic...that's what you get for making stupid comments about Henrik's equipment.....karma baby!
Who originally wanted to draft Henrik, Christer Rockstrom or Anders Hedberg? whoever it was deserves a medal.
Whole team struggled in the beginning of the season, particularly the defense, due to adapting to AVs new system/style. It's only natural that Hank was going to struggle too. On a side note, anyone hear about Torts complaining about the personnel he has in VAN (they're too slow)?
@TheNYRBlog does he include marty in the "ignorant" category?
Tons of people blamed the pads for his poor early-season performance. Also, if you look more closely at the picture of the sets of pads, the Olympic ones are propped up on the toes of the set behind them.
Looks like in the pics the "heel" of the Olympic pads are resting on the next set of pads, and thus are "boosted" up and forward, making it look like they're longer.
@TheNYRBlog now that his early season struggles seem to be behind them, as long as they don't come back I'm happy!
@TheNYRBlog because our goalie doesn't make excuses...unlike another goalie we know from NJ...
@TheNYRBlog Brodeur ?
@shoot_the_goalie Almost spit my coffee out when I read that in hysterical laughter. Poor Torts. If he fired Sully, and hired two assistant coaches .. one for special teams, and one to hook him up to his Qualude IV, he'd finally see that his style of play is constricting, and his assistant coach is a neanderthal.
@pkh33 Good eye.Yeah, I was wonder if it was the angle of the pic.
@shoot_the_goalieGood eye.Yeah, I was wonder if it was the angle of the pic.
Never had the luxury of his team playing "the trap" like Fat boy did. Roy is the greatest goalie in my opinion.
I gotta go with Hasek. The Dominator had some crap teams play in front of him, and took a mediocre Sabres team to a Cup final. 2 Hart trophies too.