Ritter’s Rant: Trapezoids, Forsberg, Espo, O’Canada, and More

November 10th, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
NHL GMs are huddling in Toronto this week to discuss a number of rule, equipment, and schedule issues. Among them are the goalie’s 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 second by playing the puck, which helped protect them from checkers flying in from beyond the blueline, which is no longer the case.

So I ask you, Mr. Commissioner, considering only about five or six goalies could really use their stick-handling skills to their advantage, was the rule change really necessary?

It is being reported on NHL.com the Colorado Avalanche have their eye on Peter Forsberg. In a word, why? Why would you want to mess with the early success that the Av’s ...

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