Good afternoon, Wilderness!
Today, I'm going to talk about a rule that I think needs to be reevaluated by the NHL, the goaltender interference rule.
Here is the current rule as it stands:
69.1 Interference on the Goalkeeper - This rule is based on the premise that an attacking player’s position, whether inside or outside the crease, should not, by itself, determine whether a goal should be allowed or disallowed. In other words, goals scored while attacking players are standing in the crease may, in appropriate circumstances be allowed. Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal; or (2) an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease. Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed, when such contact is initiated outside of the goal crease, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact. The rule will be enforced exclusively in accordance with the on-ice judgment of the Referee(s), and not by means of video replay or review.
And here's an example of this happening, provided by Nick Foligno:
Here's my 2 cents on what could be done with this rule.
With the current rule, the goaltender gets extra protection if he leaves his crease to play the puck. But, just because they're the goaltender, this doesn't mean they should get extra protection. Goalies should be able to go anywhere on their own half of the ice. However, if they pursue the puck or have it on their stick, opposing players should be able to check the goalie just like they would with other players.
As it stands right now, the current rules do not allow contact with the goalie, and this is something that the NHL should consider changing.
The goalie needs to have protection from certain dangerous plays, but they don't need extra protection.
What are your thoughts, Wilderness?