I want to open a thread with a simple question...in almost a decade of hockey since the trapezoid rule was put into place, has anyone ever seen a trapezoid infraction actually called? I don't watch an exceptional amount of hockey, but I can't ever remember it being called. I remember turnovers happening b/c goalies couldn't enter the forbidden zone to play a puck, but no penalties.
The point of the rule, apparently, is to deter Marty Brodeur-types from playing the puck behind the net, which was "ruining" dump in hockey. But anyone who's seen M-A Fleury play a game, or watched Jimmy against Calgary this season knows that when goalies play the puck often, bad things tend to happen! Now they are shallowing up the nets a whopping 4" to add additional room behind the net, but I wonder if that will do more to help avoid collisions than it will to actually improve puck possession behind the net.
The trapezoid is more of annoyance we've grown used to than an actual "problem", but I still would do without it. It adds subtle complexity in rules that are supposed to be very simple, and it would seem to further encourage players skating full speed after dump ins, which leads to more concussions and broken legs.