Flyers Notes: Flyers goalies downplay changes to their equipment

The Flyers' Ray Emery said he's not concerned with a rule change that reduces the length of the goalie's leg pads.
The Flyers' Ray Emery said he's not concerned with a rule change that reduces the length of the goalie's leg pads. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)
Posted: September 15, 2013

Ray Emery and Steve Mason, goalies who are battling for the Flyers' starting goaltender's job, downplayed the significance of the NHL's new rules that are aimed at increasing the scoring.

"It's fine with me. I don't really care," Emery said after the Flyers' second day of camp at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday. "If it's 4-3 or 3-2, it doesn't really matter, as long as I get a win out of it."

For 2013-14, the back of the net has been shortened by four inches, giving players a smidgen more room to maneuver behind the net.

In addition, changes have been made to the goalie's equipment. In the past, goalies' leg pads could not be higher than 11 inches above the center of his knee. The new rule says pads can't go higher than nine inches above the knee. Since goalies wear different size pads, the adjustments they have to make will vary. Emery said he had to cut an inch off his pads.

Mason said he had to trim off less than an inch on his pads.

"It's not a huge difference. I actually feel faster with these," he said.

Giroux update

Captain Claude Giroux was able to gingerly take some wrist shots for the first time since he had finger surgery Aug. 15. He took part in two sessions.

"It felt good," he said. "Every day it is feeling better. I'm doing a lot of treatments by myself at night."

Breakaways

Rookie defenseman Mark Alt, who missed Thursday's session as a precautionary measure because of a concussion, was on the ice Friday. . . . Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon (concussion symptoms) is headed to the long-term injured list. . . . In the third session, Max Talbot centered Matt Read and Michael Raffl. . . . Talbot said his fiancée is expecting their first child in February. . . . The Flyers' first exhibition game is Sunday, 6 p.m., against Toronto in London, Ontario.

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