I’ve been suspecting this for some time now as goalies are being injured left and right. Such goaltenders include Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin, Cory Schneider, Tim Thomas, Craig Anderson, and Pekka Rinne.
As Rick DiPietro, currently under a PTO with Charlotte, explained, with the pads 4 inches shorter overall (2 each), the five hole is more open than it used to be. DiPietro stated that, since goalies exert more effort into closing the five hole, it puts a lot more strain on the groin, and it can take one extra kick of the leg or going down in a butterfly to cause an injury. “As a goalie, none of what we do is meant to be done with the joints of a human being,” he also announced.
So is DiPietro correct? I believe he is; I don’t remember there being so many goalie injuries in the past.
I think the NHL made a mistake.