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Spin-o-rama to remain legal in shootout

Sep 11, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

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Back in June, it appeared the spin-o-rama was dead, so far as NHL shootouts were concerned. But apparently it will survive for years to come.


The NHL’s general managers were hoping to make the spin-o-rama in shootouts illegal for this season, but there was no support at the NHLPA level.

Mike Murphy, the NHL’s Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations, told that he isn’t sure if the general managers will review the topic again in the near future.

“I would say it’s put to bed for a few years,” Murphy said.

For reference, here’s what NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan had to say about the shootout in June:

“I think when we looked at some of the spin-o-ramas, there was a lot of interference with goaltenders, there was a lot of questions as to whether the puck was still moving forward or the player was still moving forward.

“So, certainly it’s all about entertainment, but it’s also about the integrity of the goal. I think that, over time, that’s become more and more in question.

“In communicating with the NHLPA and the competition committee, they agreed, and the goaltenders, and the forwards, and the scorers—is it entertaining? Yes. Is it always agreed upon that these goals have the integrity of what should be a goal? Not necessarily.”

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    i don’t see why it’s a big deal. if you put the puck past the goalie and into the net legally, it’s a goal. if you interfere, it’s not. like all these pro-gunners say, no new rules, enforce the ones you already have (jesus, please do not let somebody think I’m trying to start a gun argument…. please). if the shots gave the shooter an advantage, everybody would do it every time. instead, you see it attempted every now and then, and successful even less. i don’t get why they’re trying to micromanage every aspect of the game. 4″ more behind the net? great game-changer NHL, great game-changer.

    leave the game alone before it gets out of hand.

    • Anoesis - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      If they’d left the game alone by not installing the stupid shoot-out we wouldn’t have to worry about whether a circus move belongs or not.

  2. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Not a big fan of the shootout, but the idea was to put players skills on display. Why hinder what they can do? There’s no point of having a shootout if you start limiting what they can do. Might as well take slap shots from the point like ‘Blades of Steel’ if they do that. Let the wizards create their magic. Let Datsyuk be Datsyukian.

  3. arlingtonrob - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    A gimmick within a gimmick…sure, why not.

  4. canucks30 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM


  5. Anoesis - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Deciding the result of an exciting team game with a solo imitation of Snoopy on Ice isn’t my idea of entertainment.

  6. thedavesiknowiknow - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    “The integrity of the game” should never be brought up in a conversation about the shootout again.

  7. bruinshockey35 - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Stop trying to change the game. As long as they keep momentum toward the net, and avoid contact with the goalie, then A GOAL IS A GOAL.

    Don’t take it off the board completely… that’s just ridiculous…

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