Players thrown a curve

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

For many Calgary Flames, the allowance of bigger curves on their blades means little.

Aside from potentially having to duck a little more.

"Oh great, we'll get more shots at our heads," said defenceman Robyn Regehr after the NHL decided to add a quarter-inch more to the bowing of the blade. "The shots will come in high, that's my concern."

No Flames seemed eager to try out a bigger bend, although captain Jarome Iginla said he gave it a shot this summer.

"I tried a little over the summer when I heard rumblings but it's more what you're used to," said Iginla.

"A lot of European players had gotten used to it growing up but I've never used that big of a hook and probably won't change my curve. That's not to say down the road I never will."

Winger Alex Tanguay likes the idea of having more wiggle room but also says he'll stick with his current shape.

"If a player plays with a bigger curve and it helps him, good for him. It's just better for the show, I think," said Tanguay.

"If Jaromir Jagr or Ilya Kovalchuk want to play with a bigger curve, who's gonna complain? We all want to see excitement from those players."

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff doesn't share Regehr's fear of high shots but backup Jamie McLennan is reserving judgement.

"I don't mind," said Kiprusoff. "In Europe, many players player had huge curves and had to change."

Added McLennan: "I think a month from now, I'll have more an opinion -- once I've seen it. Time will tell but guys with bigger curves can do more damage, I might have to wear a bigger helmet."


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