Rule changes cause controversy

While desperately searching for ways to boost scoring and improve offense, the GMs have offended most netminders.

Updated: February 12, 2004, 11:54 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
I guess the lesson from the recently completed general managers meetings in Las Vegas is "be careful what you wish for."

While some proposed rules changes were widely accepted, two that affect goaltenders have stirred up big controversy and sparked the most passionate responses among players.

Marty Turco
REUTERS/Ray StubblebineGoalies such as Marty Turco will be penalized for being very strong puck-handlers.
On Tuesday the GMs proposed that the maximum width of goalie pads be reduced from 12 inches to 10 inches, which was the maximum up until 1989, and that goalies wouldn't be allowed to play pucks behind the net and goal line. These and the other proposals have to make it past a panel of hockey experts being compiled by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and then be approved by the NHL's Board of Governors in the summer before they take effect next season.