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PLAYERS NOTICE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WEIGHT AND PERFORMANCE OF CHIP-EMBEDDED PUCKS

Following Tuesday's announcement regarding the discontinued use of the NHL's current stock of official game pucks containing tracking chips, several players have commented on what they thought of the pucks, including one of the league's elite snipers in Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews.

Per Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, Matthews, along with fellow Leafs forward Jason Spezza, believes that the pucks containing tracking chips are weighted differently, causing them to slide less smoothly, making them much more difficult to handle.

"Spezz was the first one to bring it up," said Matthews on Wednesday following the Leafs' morning skate. "I told him that's why I couldn't capitalize on some of the chances I've had. There was a little bit of a difference in the weight."

Though at least two members of the team have expressed concerns over the difference in how the new tracking pucks handle, Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe hadn't heard anything from his club on the subject through the team's first four games.



Keefe confirmed to The Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan that he had not heard a single word about any negative impact that the pucks have had, adding that he hadn't given it any thought.

The NHL is back to using its traditional game pucks until such a time as the chips in the tracking pucks can be adjusted. It's possible that the NHL will also have the balance of the pucks adjusted to match the weight of a regular game puck.



MIKE ARMENTI
JANUARY 20, 2021  (11H14)
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