NHL GM's think mandatory visors are a good idea

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TORONTO — NHL general managers discussed reducing the size of goalie equipment and increasing video review Wednesday, and the league and NHL Players’ Association expressed a desire to grandfather in mandatory visors.

“Every little piece of goaltender equipment is now a project for a goalie to get bigger,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s vice president of hockey operations.

Campbell said the instructions to Kay Whitmore, the NHL’s goalie expert, are “Do what you have to do within reason to make sure they’re still protected to reduce the stopping area.”

Current rules allow goalie pads to go 55 percent of the way between your knee and your pelvis.

“The feeling of the managers today was that that seems to be a little bit too generous and if we can find maybe a number that is a little lower that provides adequate protection then we’re willing to take a look at that,” Whitmore said.

Mathieu Schneider, a special assistant to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, said saying players should rely on their own talents rather than equipment.

Both sides seemed in favor of visors.

Schneider said some 72-73 percent of NHL players currently wear shields.

WILD 4, RED WINGS 2

In Detroit, Devin Setoguchi had two goals, Niklas Backstrom made 36 saves and streaking Minnesota beat the Red Wings.

Kyle Brodziak, Mikko Koivu also scored for Minnesota, which won its fourth in a row. Pierre-Marc Bouchard had two assists.

Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored for Detroit.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, LIGHTNING 2

In Toronto, Nazem Kadri had three assists and Joffrey Lupul added a goal and an assist as the Maple Leafs snapped a five-game winless skid with a victory over Tampa Bay.

Dion Phaneuf, Tyler Bozak and Nikolai Kulemin also scored for Toronto.

Rookies Radko Gudas and Cory Conacher scored for Tampa Bay in the third.


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