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General managers push forward on new goalie equipment

General managers push forward on new goalie equipment
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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- After years and years http://www.officialsenatorsstores.com/authentic-90-alex-chiasson-jersey.html and years of talking about tackling the size of goaltending equipment, general managers on Tuesday felt they finally got that eureka moment when NHL goalie equipment guru Kay Whitmore made his presentation. "This morning when we talked about goalie equipment, I think that was really the big thing of the day," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "Kay Whitmore said he's getting great support from the players and the players' association, which I think is a huge step moving forward." Whitmore's update to GMs was very positive; his work in conjunction with the NHL Players' Association and equipment manufacturers over the past year should see more streamlined, contoured chest protectors and goalie pants introduced starting next season. "It looked better," Armstrong said of the new equipment. "It might just be optics, but the optics Bobby Orr Womens Jersey for the shooter is that there's going to be more net and hopefully that'll produce, I'm not saying more goals, but the athletic goalies will be more rewarded than the shot-blockers." Whitmore credited the NHLPA and the goalies involved for helping this finally become a reality. "This started last year after competition committee when we and the union agreed that things needed to be done with the pants and the upper body, and we've been working behind the scenes nonstop," Whitmore said Tuesday. "You've seen the goalies involved, Cory (Schneider), Devan (Dubnyk), Braden (Holtby), these guys have spoken out after All-Star [weekend]. It's a joint venture between us and them. The cooperation has been there and that is something that has been lacking. I'm not going to lie, there was a lot of skepticism in the room by the managers because it has been Groundhog Day on this topic. The question was asked today, 'Well, what's different this time around?' Well, we are attacking it together. You are hearing from some of the best goalies in the game and they think this is what is right. They want a level playing field within their ranks. They want to look at the other end of the rink and feel that the guy down there looks appropriate for his size so that if a guy is 6-4, 250, he should look that big, and if you are 6-1, 170, there should be a difference between those kind of guys. That's what we are going after. We have different measurements of guys." The new streamlined equipment should be in the hands of NHL goalies by the summer. "A lot is going to fall on the Sidney Crosby Youth Jersey manufacturers, and they understand what is ahead of them and they have been working at it," Whitmore said. "They are refining their prototypes to the point where we are going to sign off on it. We are not going to sign off on it until us, the players and the union are happy with it. They have to have it ready for next season. We are doing this and it is incumbent upon them to have it right and ready. If it's not right, you are not going to be in the league. Goalies are going to have options as to what they wear so it's to their benefit for everyone to make it the way we want." Along with the new equipment will come a willingness, more than ever, to use the current rules in place to suspend the goalies who cheat on equipment. The current rule says it's a two-game suspension and a $25,000 fine for a first-time offender getting caught with illegal equipment. "We've never done it, so we have to use the tool that is in place," NHL executive vice president Colin Campbell said. "When Kay makes a decision on the goaltending equipment now in place and suspends a guy, don't holler and scream. Believe in the process." Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin echoed Campbell on the need to police goalies on equipment starting next season. "The rules are the rules," Bergevin said. "If you http://www.officialavalancheonline.com/Red+Rob+Ramage+Jersey cheat, you pay the price. If we all agree now, all 30 of us, and it happens in October, none of us should be crying about it. ... If you live by the rules you should be fine."

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