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OnAFly

Visor requirement next year?

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OnAFly

Looks like guys without shields will go the way of the helmet-less.

http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/210162351.html

Hopefully this will cut down on some of the gruesome eye injuries we've seen. It still won't do anything for guys taking pucks to the Chiclets.

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BartmanMN

Shallower nets?? Weird. Guys are just bigger, stronger, faster these days. If anything, I'd like to see all Olympic sized ice sheets.

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OnAFly

That and realistic sized goalie equipment.

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toughguy

+1 on the goalie pad size reduction. Sorry about making the modern goalie pic so much bigger but it's crazy how much they have changed - especially in the chest area.

goalie-craig.jpg

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cbrooks

so long old time hockey

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CaptainMusky

The shallower net thing is kind of odd. I bet we will have tons more net off the moorings if that goes in.

The visor thing to me should be voluntary. I dont know what the numbers are, but it seems like almost half wear them already.

The goalie equipment is such a major deal to me. The advancements in materials make things so light these days that goalies can wear those gigantic pads and still move around. Never possible 15 years ago. I remember my brother's pads in HS. They were like 20#, now the leg pads are like half that if even that much and are larger.

They should make the nexts 4 inches wider. Now that would get interesting. Definitely more scoring.

They definitely have to do away with the icing as it is today. Someone is going to get seriously hurt.

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Bear55

I like the wider net idea, should increase scoring and even things out a bit.

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setterguy

Want to increase scoring? How about enforcing a rule that is already on the books? I've never understood why when a player is in front of the net and the puck is anywhere near them, (not on their stick mind you), its ok to cross check them in the back and knock them to the ice. It happens almost every game! If that happens anywhere else on the ice its 2 minutes for sure. You don't want that guy in front? get bigger and move him or fight for position and tie up his stick. Drives me friggin nuts.

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CaptainMusky

Very true setter. That is preposterous that its allowed there. Really no different than traveling isn't traveling in basketball if the guy is trying to score.

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Dave S

You don't want that guy in front? get bigger and move him or fight for position and tie up his stick. Drives me friggin nuts.

It would be interference with today's nanny rules. I probably took more shots to the face than a Mike Tyson opponent by doing just this. grin

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CaptainMusky

This is exactly how Heatley got hurt. He was getting blasted in the back turned around to defend himself and the guy went after him with his stick and they went to the ice.

Something needs to be done about it.

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Dave S

Here's Heatley's incident. Clearly a cross check/no call.

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CaptainMusky

Yup, there is no place for that type of stick work. I mean, look at how Heatley reacted? He swung a stick at him. Someone is going to take one to the head sometime. It needs to be addressed. No room in the game for those crosschecks in front. Its a penalty anywhere else.

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