In the latest issue of The Hockey News, Jarome Iginla says that the time has come for the NHL to make the nets bigger by a few inches on each side.
He says that he was a traditionalist until the last few years when bigger goalies and bigger equipment limited the space a player has to shoot at.
“In today’s NHL, if you go down the wing trying to shoot the puck, you basically don’t see any net. You might see a very little bit of it around the goalie’s head, so all you wind up doing is blasting it and hoping it goes somehow through him. But beating a goalie to the far corner like players used to do? That’s just gone. That’s not there.”
Iginla notes that the in basketball they added a three point line and in baseball they changed the height of the pitchers mound and that the time is now to change the net. “To me, the traditionalist argument is a little old when 6-5 goalies are the norm, not the exception.”