http://www.nll.com/news_article/show/32 ... _id=389128
1. Major penalty goal release has been reduced from three goals to two goals, match penalty goal release reduced from unlimited to three goals.
2. Goaltenders no longer serve their own major or misconduct penalties as the in-home player now serves these penalties while the goalie stays on floor.
It was only a year or two ago that #1 was changed from 2 goals to 3 goals on a major penalty before release, so I'm not surprised it's gone back again. It was only one extra possible goal, but it felt awfully imbalanced in light of the league's efforts to also crack down on head shots. IE, it seemed like more hits to the head were finally being called, but also sometimes over-called.
I am wondering more about #2 though. Goalies don't get penalized all that often, but imo, when they do they should serve it, especially for major penalties. Is the thought that with the rosters reducing back down to 18 again that it will be a greater punishment to have a runner removed from the floor rather than a goalie?
Also, since it occurred to me: not that I ever hope to see it, but who happens to be this year's emergency third goalie?