Just to put in a few of my own cents (note, not “sense”) in:
@bunnyman666 and @kyledjean you guys are spot on IMO about the use of the stick. It seems with being able to build a wall with your pads in the b-fly, the proper use of the stick is a lost art (I specifically used the word art here – more to come). I read a lot here about people who get the thinnest, lightest pads possible and then complain because either their pads don’t seal completely along the upper edges when in the b-fly or the puck has managed to force its way through the ½” of padding thickness they have in that area. I also see guys dropping into the b-fly and flipping their stick up and out of the way as if the pads and not the stick should be your first line of defense. First, if you have flexi pads or they don’t seal and the top or along the ice, that’s where the stick comes in!!! Not only does it block the puck, you can steer it away as well. And for anyone who says you don’t need it with modern pads, consider that when you flip your stick off the ice you are also pulling you blocker out of position, especially with regard to sealing up close to the body. Along the same lines, I play against a goalie who is a master artist at proactive stick-work. Half the scoring chances that might have been generated by back-doors or cross-crease passes at his net are nullified before they start because of his incredible ability to block them (and yes, I am really jealous of this skill).
As far as hot rebounds are concerned, I suspect for people like @Fullright and I (and I suspect @Wonder35 - congrats at still being in the net BTW!), who remember when dirt was new, we were always taught kicking the puck away was bad goaltending form as with horsehide pads, it put rebounds right in harm’s way. With the new pads, this is an option, but having said that, I always go back to my first instincts which is to direct the rebound to a corner as opposed to putting it out where the forwards can drop on it like a shark in a feeding frenzy. Same thing with corralling a short rebound – it allows me to control the play, freezing it if need be or swiping it aside to a D who is hopefully paying attention (unfortunately this is not the case that often).
My experience has become a blend of these styles and truly a hybrid. I started off as standup in the mid-70s and upon my return ~ 7 years ago I have been gradually trying to integrate a lot of the b-fly stuff. I try to have a broad repertoire as I need all the help I can get. And yes, at my age it can be pretty tough on the hips.
One thing I being mentioned here that I am a bit confused about it is there seems to be the idea that you need to use “old –school” equipment to play stand-up style. I actually came from Cooper horse-hide pads in the ‘70s to Vaughn V2s in 2012 to Brian’s Sub-zeros in the last year. I still have stand-up in my repertoire – the pads don’t really make too much of a difference in that matter (although if you are going to start making skate saves, I suggest you see Fullright about the leather shelled Tacks he showed in a different thread).
Finally I want to clarify that, despite what people think when they see me in net, standup for me is a style, not a form of comedy, although I believe there are many who would argue they are one and the same.
TL;DR? Do what you want, have fun and since you paid good money for it, don’t forget to use your stick