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Old 09-23-2003, 06:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Brodeur POed at NHL goalies whining about smaller pads.

Just found this on TSN's website,

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Brodeur blasts brethren over pad issue

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9/23/2003

MONTREAL (CP) - Martin Brodeur of the Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils has taken his fellow goaltenders to task for complaints about new restrictions on the size of their equipment.

Brodeur, in his new weekly column in Le Journal de Montreal on Tuesday, said complaints mainly made by goaltenders from Quebec that the new rules left them vulnerable to injuries were unfounded.

"The limit for the height of goaltender's pads is 38 inches (96 cm), so?" said Brodeur, a three-time Cup winner. "Mine have always been 34 inches (86 cm) and that's enough.

"I've always preferred less bulky equipment so I could move around easier. Certain goaltenders have really gone too far in the last few years and I can understand why the league wants to stop it."

New York Islanders goalie Garth Snow was thought to have had the tallest pads last season and the chief reason why the league took action.

"Garth Snow keeps adding pieces to his pads," said Brodeur. "And his shoulder pads are so big he looks like Goldorak, the robot I watched killing the bad guys on TV when I was a kid."

Some goalies complained that a ban on extra pieces of padding on the knees would lead to injuries, but Brodeur said he suspects they are more concerned with leaving openings for pucks to trickle between their pads.

"I have to point out that I don't use the butterfly style, unlike most Quebec goaltenders," Brodeur said. "With plastic foils attached to their pads, butterfly goalies could completely close the space between their legs.

"I can understand why forwards complained they can't score when they shoot for the five-hole. Jean-Sebastien Giguere was the target of such complaints last year."

Brodeur allowed that while he didn't buy the goaltenders' complaints, it was important that goalies be well protected, especially with modern-day players shooting the puck harder with lightweight composite sticks.

"A few years ago, Mats Sundin would never take a slapshot until he got to the top of the faceoff circle," Brodeur said of the Toronto Maple Leafs captain. "Now, with the new composite sticks, he can fire a bullet from the blue-line - and beat me from time to time."

Brodeur, a Montreal native, began the column last week. He doesn't write it, but speaks to a Journal reporter, who then writes what he says into column form.
Good article. Really liked Brodeur's description of Garth Snow as a killer robot. I agree with Martin when he says the plastic add-ons to the pads are more about keeping the puck out of the net and less to do with leg protection. Add-ons give the goalie an unfair advantage and amount to cheating. Glad to see the league cracking down but I expect to see grievances filed by several goalies.
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Old 09-23-2003, 07:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm 6'1" and wear 35" pads. I really don't think I would be comfortable in anything bigger. As Brodeur mentions, mobility is going to be affected and I have to agree with him.

Really, though. No one can honestly think that goal scoring league-wide is down just because of a few extra inches added onto a few of the netminders pads.....?

Good article, btw.
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Old 09-23-2003, 07:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Garth Snow as a robot with giant game winning pads? Okay. This is just like when Mr. Garrison altered himself through surgery to look like David Hasselhoff but after getting all the benefits of looking like David Hasselhoff for a while, decides that he wants to be just Mr. Garrison again. The more shots Garth stops with giant pads, the more he will want non-robot pads. Right Mr. Hand?
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Old 09-23-2003, 09:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think the pads should be just big enough to protect the goalie. One standard size. Everyone would be on the same page.

Mind you Big pads does not = Good goalie.
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yeah, look at marty turco. he has average size pads, and got the lowest gaa since WWII (can ya tell im a stars fan??!!)
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yeah, look at marty turco. he has average size pads, and got the lowest gaa since WWII (can ya tell im a stars fan??!!)
The lowest gaa since WWII is Cechmanek I think.
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yeah, look at marty turco. he has average size pads, and got the lowest gaa since WWII (can ya tell im a stars fan??!!)
The lowest gaa since WWII is Cechmanek I think.
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Old 09-24-2003, 03:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Boo Hoo Brodeur

I think he should be taking his fellow goalies side, not going against it
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Old 09-24-2003, 10:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
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It's good that a true winning goalie has come out and attempted to slap his brethren upside the head, the only ones I see whining are the ones who have won nothing in life. I for one agree with him, I used to wear 36 pads, I tried to go to 38 (I think it was, if memory sertves me correct) but it totally screwed up everything timing wise and just in simple movements.
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Is it just me, or is Brodeur's ego getting even larger. I guess he has accomplished almost everything and will likely pass most of Roy's records, but come back to earth dude!!!

First he says all this crap about Giguere abour last years playoffs,

http://www.northjersey.com/page.php...2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2

If you want to check that out, go select Devils and scroll down to Sept. 14th article where Brodeur questions the Conn Smythe.

Some of the things he says are pretty stupid I thought.

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"He was the reason why they made it so far, but in the Finals he was average at best,"
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Should performance in the Finals count more? "Probably yeah," Brodeur said, "because that's when it counts. Those are the big games."
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"That's the bottom line," he said. "Nobody remembers who loses in the Finals. Five years from now, I'm going say, 'Who did we beat that year?'"
What the hell are these comments for??? Giguere clearly deserved to win I thought. I always thought that the Conn Smythe was chosen for the player who played best throughout the entire playoffs, not just one series, albeit the Finals is the biggest one.
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