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Proposed rule just doesn't stick

A proposed NHL rule prohibiting a goalie from playing a puck behind the net doesn't make sense.

Updated: February 11, 2004, 1:10 PM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

Here's a message from the NHL to all you aspiring young goaltenders: Stop practicing your stick-handling.

In the NHL's continuing effort to dumb-down its game, the league's GMs -- with the blessing of Commissioner Gary Bettman -- are attempting to pass a new rule that would prohibit goalies from handling the puck behind the net.

This suggestion, which if adopted should be called "The Martin Brodeur Rule," was one of a number of possible rule changes to come out of the GMs meetings ...

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