The NHL is making moves to try to increase scoring next season by shrinking the size of the goaltenders' equipment.
Though we're less than two months away from the beginning of the 2013-14 campaign, negotiations are still in progress between the league and the NHL Players' Association.
This article by Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com, from the general managers' meetings in March, outlines what the league is looking for:
Specifically, the managers would like to see a reduction in the height of the goalie pad above the knee, as well as making knee pads more conforming and less bulky. There is a belief that these changes will open room between the legs and result in more opportunities for offense.
Though no formal announcement has yet been made, Kevin Woodley of In Goal Magazine reported on August 7 that the parties involved had agreed to a reduction of 10 percent (about two inches) in the top thigh-rise section of the pads.
The NHL was seeking additional changes, but with time running out in the offseason, this may be the only change that can be implemented and still leave goalies enough time to order equipment and get comfortable before they get back to work.
Of course, a two-inch reduction at the top of the pads would create a four-inch five-hole that wasn't there last year.
Here's a look some of the NHL's top netminders, and how they might be impacted by this change.