from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils backup goaltender Johan Hedberg agrees that the size of some goaltenders’ equipment is excessive, but doesn’t think that reducing the pads again is the right way to go.
“The pads are not the problem,” Hedberg said today. “The problem is the pants and the chest protectors, arms and shoulders.”
Hedberg believes that that reducing the length of the pad above the knee and having more conforming knee pads wouldn’t necessarily create room in the five hole, but it might expose the goaltenders to being hit in the knee more and possible injury.
“The way you play on your knees these are good for preventing injuries,” Hedberg said of the current knee pads.
That said, Hedberg fully believes that reducing size of other parts of the goaltenders’ equipment is something that needs to be done.