The NHL has decided to take the All-Star goaltenders off the hook this weekend.

The league, as reported earlier this week by Greg Wyshynski of the Puck Daddy blog at Yahoo!, has opted to go with a “junior-level” goaltender at this year’s Breakaway Challenge during the 2009 Honda/NHL SuperSkills in Montreal Saturday as part of the All-Star weekend festivities.

Last season, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and the other All-Star netminders were subjected to the fancy moves of some of the top snipers in the NHL. New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro was even injured during the event.

So the Bruins can thank the NHL that Thomas’ psyche and limbs and joints, will not be slapped with a bulls’ eye until the actual All-Star game (during which even Thomas can accept getting scored on by the league’s elite).

MK: Wyshynski makes some celebrity suggestions for goaltenders the NHL could use. Wouldn’t an event like this be the perfect time to try out Islanders owner Charles Wang’s sumo-wrestler idea?