Brodeur Criticizes Lundqvist for Extra Padding

While talking to Tom Gulitti at the Bergen Record (H/T Pro Hockey Talk) about the reduction in goaltender's pad size this season, Marty Broduer took a subtle swipe at the netminder who plays in the city "not too far" away (wink, wink)…

“There’s goalies – I won’t name names, but they’re not too far – they have different padding that it’s not about protection. There’s a lot of guys that do wear these type of things because the pads are so loose guys feel the need to bulk their knees up for protection, but sometimes it’s overboard a little bit.”

When told of the comment, Henrik Lundqvist responded with this (via New York Post)…

“I know people have thought that I look big out there, but that’s never been an issue with me. I know I’m ‘not too far’ but I don’t know what he’s talking about.”

…sounds like someone still can't get over the fact that he isn't the top dog in the NHL anymore. Talk about low class. Although, what do you expect from a guy who not only banged his sister-in-law, but also did this…

…as far as the ridiculous allegations go, I was a goalie from age 7-18 and I never once wore additional knee padding, which was a huge mistake as I caught many a puck in that exposed area. So, I don't fault Lundqvist or any other goaltender for wearing it. And I've got to ask, if the extra protection is behind the leg pad, how exactly does that help Lundqvist make saves?

It was nice to see Johan Hedberg, before he was cut, give some levity to the situation…

“If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.”

Speaking of Lundqvist, the ESPN hockey experts (can you say oxymoron?) recently named him the top goaltender in the NHL going into the 2013-14 season.

And most of the players in the league agreed…

To watch at ESPN.com, click here.  

ESPN.com ranked Ryan McDonagh as the 10th best defenseman.

…wow, very impressive to see him ranked ahead of guys like Pietrangelo, Seabrook and Yandle after just three years in the NHL. Should only be a matter of time before he's contending for a Norris Trophy.

Dan Girardi was ranked #14 and Michael Del Zotto was #38.

…absolutely embarrassing job by ESPN ranking Del Zotto and not Staal.

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