Sporty's Scribbles: Cutting goalie equipment down to size

Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames is brought down in a scoring attempt on Nashville Predators...

Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames is brought down in a scoring attempt on Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne during NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Sunday March 6, 2011. Igina scored on the ensuing penalty shot, notching his 30th goal of the year. LYLE ASPINALL/CALGARY SUN/QMI AGENCY

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:10 PM ET

NASHVILLE — Eventually, the NHL will come to its senses and implement hybrid icing and make visors mandatory.

Based on the GM meetings this week in Toronto, another step in the process on both those fronts is coming.

Likewise, we’ll eventually see some form of a coach’s challenge. It’s the way things are going in pro sports.

One discussion which slightly came out of the blue but must be addressed is the goalie equipment, and thankfully more steps are going to be taken to reduce the size of what the NHL netminders are wearing.

By no means do goalies need their safety compromised — although there was something about watching Patrick Roy stiffen up when Al MacInnis wound up, so a little fear is good — but more steps must be taken.


Videos

Photos