Henrik Lundqvist is a great goalie, possibly the best in the game right now. And as much as I don't like him being a Devils fan, it's simply true. Sure he was helped out by the insane shot blocking and defensive style the Rangers employed over the past few seasons, for anyone to deny he's a great goalie is simply being a homer.
That being said, I have ALWAYS claimed that he has been a prime culprit in bending the goalie equipment debate. Apparently Martin Brodeur agrees. And Henrik quipped back.
Now let's face it, we're not even sure that Marty was talking about Lundqvist. But yeah, he was. I've always felt that for a goalie like Lundqvist who is an expert at taking away the bottom of the net, the length of the pads was crucial. He has a much easier time spreading those ginormous pads out to cover the entire bottom of the net. It certainly makes it easier to not merely be able cover a ton of real estate going post-to-post but it also limits the chance of ever scoring five hole on a goalie. Especially one as great as using the butterfly style as Lundqvist.
We'll have to wait and see if the shrinking of the goalie pads has any impact on goal scoring this year and Lundqvist in particular, but this side of Garth Snow, Lundqvist has always been the goalie who has taken the "stretching the equipment" rules to their limit. It's pretty awesome to see Marty Brodeur call him out on this as it's something I've been screaming about for years. Trash talking in the NHL? Nah this was pretty tame but it is fun to read, isn't it?