NHL GM’s are meeting in Florida this week and on the docket of things being discusses, the EBUG (Emergency Backup Goaltender) procedure was one of the first topics discussed.
While the NHL got a ton of press for David Ayres going in for the Carolina Hurricanes and winning a game as a goalie who’d never come close to being an NHL-caliber nemtinder, but defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs while in net, it was also seen as a black eye by many.
Speculation was that the NHL wanted to do away with letting unqualified goalies get anywhere near the ice.
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Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports on Monday that GM’s have decided not to make a change.
Either they figured another situation like this was so unlikely to happen again that it wasn’t worth going to all the trouble to change it, or some might have felt it was good press for the NHL. Perhaps some felt this might only get changed because the Maple Leafs felt they were in a no-win situation, but that wasn’t enough of a reason to make a change.
It’s a surprising decision to some. Then again, the NHL is among the slower of the professional sports leagues to make actual changes so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.
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