Watch: Was the Zamboni-driving goalie good or bad for the NHL?

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Hello everybody, this is Adam Gretz with Yardbarker. 

We are checking in today to talk about David Ayres, the 42-year-old Zamboni driver that was forced into NHL action on Saturday night for the Carolina Hurricanes.

He had to go into their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs after their two regular goalies, Petr Mrazek and James Reimer, were both injured during the game. He played nearly half of the game. He stopped eight out of 10 shots, and he got the win for the Hurricanes in their 6-3 win against the Maple Leafs.

It's been one of the most stunning stories in the NHL this season, one of the most stunning stories you will probably ever see in the NHL.

And for as successful as it was for the league in terms of PR — it was the talk of the sporting world for a couple of days; it actually overshadowed Alex Ovechkin scoring his 700th career goal — there's actually been some pushback from some people within the league as to whether or not this should actually happen or if it's good for the league.

Brian Burke, former general manager, and current TV analyst, called it an embarrassment. There's been some former players saying it cannot happen again, and the NHL general managers are actually going to discuss whether or not they should change the rule as to what the emergency goalie situation should be.

All of this seems like a little bit of an overreaction to me because it is something that almost never happens. It's only ever happened twice in the history of the league.

I also don't know that there's a better solution.

Some people have suggested putting a regular skater in net. I don't like that idea because there's a huge injury risk there for a player that's probably never played the position.

As crazy as it sounds, David Ayres might actually be more qualified to play the position than an NHL skater because he is a goalie. He spent his entire life playing goalie. He practices with the Maple Leafs. He is somebody that an NHL team trusts to be on the ice so he at least is competent enough to play the position, and he has experience with it.

It's also been suggested that maybe teams carry a third emergency goalie, but I can't imagine that player being any different than what we see here because nobody is carrying a legit NHL goalie that's probably never going to play.

This just seems like one of those fun stories that the NHL needs to lean into.

It was a success. It was fun. Everybody enjoyed it. Don't overthink it.

You don't need to get too dramatic with your rules here. Just embrace it for what It waas.

My name is Adam Gretz. You can check out my stuff over at Yardbarker, and we will talk to you soon.


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