Sometimes, it really is difficult to find players who actually know how to play the game of hockey. Many players like something else about the experience, such as the atmosphere or the fights or even just a chance to skate around on the ice. People sometimes overlook the fact that there are real players out there, who play for the love of the game and the intellectual challenge that comes with it. This is why league hockey teams should look into the option of renting a goalie for their games, if they can not find the perfect goalie in-house.
With just a little information and a small fee, any team can have a quality goalie that will be sure to impress any opponent. There is no training involved, and the team will not have to wait for this goalie to "evolve as a player." A rental goalie will be ready to play out of the box; a great skill set and love for the game are all included in one package.
Another great benefit to having a rental goalie is that they can bring something new to the team. Whether it is in the previous plays they learned on another team, or the benefit of tripping up the opponent. An opponent can not learn the patterns of a team player if the team player is not consecutively active in the game with the team in which for they are playing.
Lastly, if a team reaches a goalie, they are not "stuck" with that goalie if they do not like the way he plays. They can hire a new goalie until they find one that truly matches the way the team operates as a whole. This cuts out the awkwardness of having to let someone go from the team and begin a new search for a goalie. A rental goalie has no expectations further than the end of the game or contract.
So, when a team needs to shake things up a bit, they should consider renting a goalie on a game by game basis. It can be a massive learning experience without the need to develop a player specifically for the role. If a team can remember that every player can learn something from a new player, they may end up with some plays or ways of looking at old ones, that would have never crossed their mind.