NHL GMs are huddling in Toronto this week to discuss a number of rule, equipment, and schedule issues. Among them are the goalieÆs trapezoid, which the GMs have agreed to keep in place.
Fact is, the trapezoid has done more harm than good. Once upon a time, NHL goalies were able to roam freely outside of their crease and, if their skills allowed, were able to use their stick-handling skills to help clear the zone.
With the trapezoid in effect, NHL defensemen and forwards alike are getting hammered against the boards at an alarming pace, leading to a considerable number of head injuries.
Before the trapezoid was invoked, the goalies used to give the players an extra secondáby playing the puck, which helped protect them from checkers flying in from beyond the blueline ...
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Article written by Mark Ritter