|Posted on September 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM|
When the current collective bargaining agreement was singed back in 2005, a host of on-ice changes accompanied the revised economic terms. Could the next CBA undo the most controversial rule tweak?
Allan Muir of SI.com believes the next deal -- whenever it's eventually agreed upon -- could spell the end of the trapezoid.
Canada's three major junior leagues are expected to begin doing away with the behind-the-net markings beginning this season. The trapezoid has been blamed for an increase in injures to retreating defensemen because they prevent goalies from playing the puck in the corners. "Usually the junior leagues follow the NHL's lead," notes Muir. "Give them credit for setting the pace, rather than waiting around until the big boys finally figure out what a loser this concept was." ESPN Insider
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Just last week, I was talking to a friend about potential NHL rules that needed to be changed. For me, the trapezoid was the first thing that came to mind. For whatever reason, I enjoyed the game more when the man in pads had free reign to play the puck. Puck-handling as a goalie is a special skill, that takes hours of practice. Those willing to put in the time should be able to use the skill. Puck-handling revolutionized the position. The trapezoid set progress back. Reducing injuries as mentioned above would just be an added bonus of get rid of it in my book.
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