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League rules to keep trapezoid

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The trapezoid will stay in the NHL.

That means goaltenders will continue to not be allowed to play pucks in the corners.

"I don't play the puck much," said Calgary Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.

"When they added that, it wasn't a big difference for me. When I skate in the summer at rinks where they don't have it, it's a weird feeling. I'm so used to it.

"I try to keep it simple and make small plays."

The league's GMs discussed eliminating the trapezoid -- the only area below the goal-line where goalkeepers could handle the puck -- but decided to keep the status quo.

Detractors of the rule feel defencemen are vulnerable because of the rule, which was put in to prevent goalies from retrieving pucks in the corner.

"There's good and bad because of it," said Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr. "It's been really good for some people and really bad for some people. When you get a guy like (New Jersey Devils goalie) Marty Brodeur back there able to play the puck, he can get there, and you, as a defenceman, don't have to go into the corners as much or go up to the boards and get hit into the glass by the forecheckers.

"Sometimes, it takes away from the game, a bit, too," Regehr added.

"It depends what kind of goalie you have. If you have a goalie that isn't great at playing the puck, it doesn't matter what rule you have.

"We're fortunate Miikka can play the puck pretty well, and he's adapted well to the trapezoid."

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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