Option One: Leave It - The goaltender stops the puck behind the net or within the zone for the defenceman and returns to the net. This option is perhaps the simplest and most efficient method for most coaches and teams.
Option Two: Pass It - The goalie passes to the D-man who has opened up and positioned themselves away from the goalie, on either the strong or weak side, to receive the quick pass. There must be good communication with little indecision on either the player or goaltender’s part. This allows for quick breakouts that can counter heavy pressure.
Option Three: Clear It - The goaltender shoots the puck themselves because the D-men are under pressure or not in position to receive the puck. The Forwards must then be ready for the puck (usually on the boards but sometimes in an open area of the ice). This requires a greater degree of skill and communication but again is effective for beating a strong forecheck.
Option Four: Placing the Puck to a Safe Spot - The goalie gently passes into an open area for a teammate to retrieve easily, and initiate the breakout. This requires a good read by the goalie to not only determine where to place the puck but also where his/her second layer of defense will be in order to beat the forecheck.
Option Five: Cover the Puck - It is a penalty to cover the puck behind the goal line but if the puck is moved into a safe area, it can be done to relieve pressure. Not the best option, but sometimes it can solve a difficult situation.