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Report: NHL likely to abolish spin-o-ramas in shootouts

Jun 19, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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It looks like the shootout spin-o-rama might go extinct, which is great news for goalies who don’t like getting embarrassed. It’s also a boon for people who enjoy mocking the shootout and many of the league’s other rules, if Twitter reactions are any indication.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the move will likely be made illegal in the shootout during the 2013-14 season, although that must be approved first. (He expects that to happen.)

While many find it entertaining, there are more than a few who aren’t on board, including Mike Milbury. He chastised it in early 2012:

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That practice seemed to draw extra attention during the abbreviated 2013 season, including a moment when Kaspars Daugavins really riled people up with this unsuccessful attempt:

This is tough timing for pending free agent Mason Raymond, who was one of the most frequent (and successful) practitioners of the move:

Really, the thing people might miss the most about the move is when it failed spectacularly, as Raymond’s Vancouver Canucks teammate Alex Burrows humorously shows (starting at the 1:11 mark):

Again, satirists and plenty of hockey fans will miss this wacky diversion, but Dreger notes that the NHLPA is pushing the alteration.

As usual, Roberto Luongo provided the funniest take on the matter with these two Tweets.*

Well, at least the fallout has been entertaining.

* – Assuming it’s actually Luongo, which seems about as close to official as possible.

  1. bigoldorcafromvan - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    I would rather see the NHL ban the “Delay of game with puck over the glass” rather than the “spin-o-rama” In the meantime hope Boston demoralize the Squawks. take them in 5 games.

  2. jimw81 - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    why cant we get rid of the “Delay of game with puck over the glass” and everytime someone puck out of play automatically have a faceoff in that zone and no line change.

    I rather see a 10 min 4 on 4 action in overtime to force teams win games instead of just doing nothing in ot so they can play the circus.

    • mp1131211 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      Yeah, because these playoff games have sucked to watch

      • jackrabbit56 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Apparently some missed the fact that you were using the sarcasm font…

  3. slam922 - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Why can’t we just rid of the shootout all together. Can you imagine the outrage if that’s how Cup playoff games were decided. Why do we have to be subjected to it in the regular season. What’s wrong with a tie. I’ve thought from day one that it’s been a gimmick….also why should you get a point for losing. If that’s the case then all games should be three point games. Call me old school but that’s just my three cents.

    • thesneakysalamander - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      Shootouts are how games are decided in the Olympics, Gold Medals have been won from them

      • jrhawk - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        So, just because they do it, the NHL has to do it too? Pretty lame reason.
        Shootouts are a joke, always has been.
        It’s a TEAM game. Go back to the W-L-T system. The NHL did it successfully for decades.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:15 AM

        “So, just because they do it, the NHL has to do it too?”
        where did he say that? i think he was just adding to this point: “Can you imagine the outrage if that’s how Cup playoff games were decided.” the guy didn’t take a stance either way. don’t get your panties in a bunch.

  4. btlpper68 - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Put a 3 on3 overtime period b4 the shootout.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      Nooo, that’s not real hockey, it’s the same as the shoot out, for players with speed and skill.

      10 mins 4v4 OT, then shoot out, the loser does not get a point either

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        I agree Ethan, 3 on 3 is as much of a gimmick as the SO. But, yeah, the spinoramas belong in the joke the All-Star Game has devolved into, not games that matter for playoff positioning.

      • jrhawk - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:01 AM


      • ibieiniid - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

        i don’t want the 3 on 3 idea either. but lol ethan, you’d rather games be decided one way or the other regardless of “skill?”

  5. thesneakysalamander - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    I always thought the move violated the continued forward progress part of the rules anyhow

    • bigtganks - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Not if the puck continuously moves forward which the puck does, as athletes that have done this have perfected.

      • biasedhomer - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        But it doesn’t go forward, look at the Raymond clip.The puck goes horizontal.

  6. ray2013 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    I’ve gone to a number of games over the past two seasons. If there’s less than 5 minutes left in the game and the score is tied, you can feel the energy in the building rise. People are excited that there may be a shootout. It’s exciting, and as far as I can recall, the potential for injury is pretty low for the shootout.

    And as someone who grew up trying to emulate the “Savardian spinorama”, I would prefer it stays in the shootout. It’s fun. What’s wrong with fun?

    • ray2013 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Fans who don’t like spinoramas are probably the same guys growing up who couldn’t do a spinorama.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        I was good at them, and I like in games just not in the shootout. The reason is because, 99% of the time, the player brings the puck back, which is against the rules

      • ray2013 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        I suppose that does constitute a minor violation of the rules, but watching the playoffs, we see not just minor rule infractions but often major infractions that are not called. We are told that it is “playoff hockey” and they are “letting them play”. Why not use that same logic; players doing the spinoramas in shootouts are just boys having fun?

  7. hammerhead5573 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    @jimw81, I don’t think they should get rid of the delay of game as it is easy for any player to shoot it in the stands just to get breather. With that said I think the player who puts it in the stands should sit in the box for the equivalent of a double minor or something, but his team is still has 5 men on the ice. So if your d man needs a breather and decides to flip it in the crowd he is penalized not the team.

  8. isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    I thought it read abolish shootouts for a second and I got excited 😦

  9. sjsharks66 - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Overtime is a drag. Why are you all begging or more OT with less players? One on One. Goalie against Goalie.

    Stop being stupid NHL. How about you abolish Bettman instead of the spin-o-rama?

    • mp1131211 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      Hell- let’s have the goalies just go at it. Last one standing wins it for the team

      • jrhawk - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        Couple of dumbass comments there.

  10. deadrabbit79 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    I say they should allow the NHL ’94 wrap around. You all know what i am talking about!

  11. sergeikremlin - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Why even have the shootout if you’re going to start telling the players what moves they can and can’t do. The rules are there, let the refs do their job for once and determine if the puck stopped moving, if there was a second touch, goalie interference, etc.

    Will the goalies no longer be allowed to poke check, since they’re taking a tool away from the shooters?

  12. LampyB - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Leave it to the sharks fan to call OT boring. What an idiot. Did you start watching hockey in 2012 or what? Must be an NBA fan.

  13. arbruins - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Make it easier on everyone…abolish the shoot out all together. It sucks and belongs in the squirt and bantom divisions. Stop dumbing down the game!

  14. northstarnic - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Shoot out sucks. Even the joke that is the NBA hasn’t stooped this low, which I suppose would be a slam dunk contest or a game of PIG to decide the winner. And AZ shouldn’t have a hockey team.

  15. krishavy3 - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    I agree with getting rid of the shootout all together. But seeing as the NHL clearly won’t make that smart of a move anytime soon, here’s another shootout “move” they should consider: Patrick Kane’s recent string of ultra-slow approaches. Enough said.

  16. jacketsfan7 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    3on3 OT for 5 min would be fun

    • jrhawk - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      Tell me, what the hell’s wrong with a game ending in a tie?

  17. jacketsfan7 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    I’d allow spin-o-ramas in regulation but not on a penalty shot or shoot our chance

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