Don’t Go Past That Line: Why The Trapezoid Must Go!

January 3rd, 2010 by John Szurlej Leave a reply »
Imagine you have a job you do extremely well, so well that it seems that, at times, it's a bit unfair to the rest of your co-workers.

There's no one to blame, it's just what you do, yet the fact is people cry enough and  your supervisor makes some changes to "level the playing field".

Enter the Trapezoid era in the NHL.

If anything, this new-age neutral zone has become a topic of great debate in relation to the recent injuries that have mounted over the sacrilegious area goaltenders are not permitted to enter.

Part of the game includes the net-minder's ability to play not just in his crease, but behind his goal and handle the puck when needed.

When conceived, the new rule was supposed to raise scoring chances and help take a disadvantage away from other teams whose goaltenders had difficulty in this area.  In essence the way of taking a third defenseman away and evening the ice.

For example, the New Jersey Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur is arguably the best puck handler in the NHL, and for that this rule has taken away the ability for him to utilize his talents and shortened his game.

A major re ...

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