The NHL’s newer, shallower nets allow for more room to make plays and be creative behind the goal-line, however Don Cherry feels it’s putting goalies at risk.
“When I heard about [the new net size] I said ‘uh oh,’” Cherry told Ron MacLean on Hockey Night in Canada. “I said it’s going to be top-heavy. Naturally, they would never listen to a guy that’s been in the game for 30 years and watch what happens.”
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Prior to last season, the NHLPA and the league’s competition committee agreed on several new rule changes and one was regarding the size of the nets. The depth of NHL nets were reduced from 44 to 40 inches and the width was reduced from 96 to 88 inches at its widest point, which has resulted in the nets becoming slightly more top-heavy.
“Somebody’s really going to get nailed here badly,” Cherry said. “This is ridiculous the National Hockey League having stuff like this [happen] just like I predicted.
“I don’t know what they do now. I think they should just put it back [to the way it was].”