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Holtby On Goalie pad Reductions: We Should Be Athletes, Not Robots

Braden Holtby has a pretty interesting opinion on the NHLs reduction of goalie equipment size.

I think it was [necessary], the Caps netminder told CSN Washington. I feel like we should be athletes, not robots, guys that use extra protection to stop the puck.

I think we should rely on our athleticism, our reactions and our mental game.

The topic of modified goalie gear specifically, the two-inch reduction in leg pad height has been a hot one.What every goalie seemed to agree on, though, is the need to change their style of play to some degree.

Holtbys comments took that line of thinking a step further. Hes not just saying the let the pads stop the puck approach is on its way out hes saying it shouldnt have been in to start with.

Source: Mike Halford NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk


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