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Make The Nets Bigger?

Thursday, 29.05.2003 / 8:24 AM / News
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Make The Nets Bigger?
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CP) -- Gary Bettman raised more than a few eyebrows during his state of the league address when he said the NHL was loosely discussing the possibility of making the nets bigger.

"I think that's silly," Ducks goalie J.S. Giguere said Wednesday after practice.

The size of goalie equipment is the reasoning behind Bettman's thinking and he'll be going over his revolutionary idea with league vice-president Colin Campbell.

Gary Bettman floated the idea of making the nets bigger..
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"I've said to Colin: 'Let the goaltenders wear whatever they want,"' Bettman said Tuesday night. "At some point the equipment will become too cumbersome and just make the nets bigger and that will take care of any issues that anybody has about whether or not the equipment is too big or too small or whether or not we're scoring enough goals.

"That will be probably be discussed this summer, but not necessarily implemented," Bettman stressed.

Giguere slammed the idea.

"You change the whole game around if you do that," he said. "It would be like basketball making the hoops bigger. You change the whole record book.

"I think the game is fine right now. Last night was a very entertaining game."

Veteran forward Steve Thomas also nixed the idea.

"I'm a traditionalist, I'd like to hold on to the game as long as possible because I think it's a great game," he said Wednesday after practice. "It's become very tactical defensively probably more so than it has ever been. But I don't think making the net any bigger is something I would enjoy. It would change the record books, it would change everything about the game.

"I don't mind the game the way it right now."
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