Why did the NHL ban the spin-o-rama?

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In 2014, the spin-o-rama shootout (and penalty shot) tactic was changed from 'explicitly allowed' in pre-2014/15 rules:

The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion. However, should the puck come to a complete stop at any time during the shot attempt, the shot shall be stopped and no goal will be the result.

(Rule 24.2) (Source: the above article)

The rule now reads, in part:

The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall not be permitted. Should a player perform such a move during the penalty shot, the shot shall be stopped by the Referee and no goal will be the result.

(Source: NHL Rulebook)

What caused the NHL to choose to change this rule? And if the reason is considered solely the IIHF's decision to do the same earlier in the year or some other rule-making body's similar...

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Spin-o-rama in shootouts very likely an illegal play in NHL next season. Change would have to be approved, but strong sense it will be.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 19, 2013

Word came out today from Darren Dreger that the NHL is strongly considering banning the spin-o-rama in the NHL shootouts, or as we in Vancouver call them, the one place where Mason Raymond truly shines.

I have a couple of thoughts about this.

1) Mason Raymond ruined this for everyone. He is the guy who does the spin-o-ramas, and for some reason when he does it, the goalies get super angry at him. Khabibulin and Bobrovsky have both lost their cool after Raymond unleashed the spin-o-rama on them to score a goal, though to be fair they could just be angry that Raymond managed to score on them. Still, this is all your fault Raymond! You ruined this for everyone!

2) The shootout is a skills contest. It always has been. It always will be. To try and “clean it up”...

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Senators coach Paul MacLean and most general manager despise the infamous spin-o-rama. The move is permitted by the NHL, but Mason Raymond's shootout goal for the Leafs against Ottawa on Saturday put the rule back in the spotlight, writes Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman.

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean delivered an epic diatribe Saturday night after his team

lost in Toronto

-- "I'm only a fisherman from Nova Scotia, so I don't know nothin' about nothin,'" was the outstanding closing line -- but he sure created a lot of confusion.

At issue was Mason Raymond's shooting-starting goal, a spinorama-type score that is despised by most general managers. The league tried to ban it last summer. But the competition committee, which features player representation, blocked that. However, it certainly sounded like MacLean believed otherwise.

"I was on a conference call at the start of the year with all the other coaches and was informed at that time......

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By Adam Gretz

If there is a group of players that will be happy about the NHL's newest rule changes for the 2014-15 season, it just might be the league's goaltenders.

The league announced a series of changes on Thursday including an expanded trapezoid area behind the nets, as well as the elimination of the spin-o-rama move in shootouts and on penalty shots.

A quick rundown and a few thoughts on the new rules:

Rule 1.8: Goalkeepers restricted area

Initially introduced before the 2005-06 season to limit where goalies can play the puck, the NHL is expanding the trapezoid area below the goal line by two feet on both sides of the net, giving goalies an additional four feet to handle the puck. Touching the puck outside of the trapezoid area still results in a two-minute penalty.

The original intent was to lessen the impact of superb puck-handling goalies like Martin Brodeur in an effort to increase offense. It's difficult to know how much of...

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The NHL's board of governors and NHLPA have approved some significant rule changes for the 2014-15 season. Among the biggest are expanding video review, fines for embellishment and some adjustments to the overtime procedure.

A lot of these rules were suggested by the league's competition committee before the end of last season, so a lot of these moves were expected.

Expanded video review

The expansion of video review was a hot topic, but one the league definitely needed to adjust.

According to the new video reviews, the NHL’s hockey operations department has broader discretion to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals. Though the league didn’t specify how broad the rule got, it looks like the NHL’s "War Room" will get a lot more of a say in things.

Additionally, kicked in goals will need more "demonstrable video evidence of a distinct kicking motion" to overrule or uphold a goal. This is good news for players who...

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The NHL might be getting rid of the spin-o-rama in shootouts, but that does not mean that the tiebreaker gimmick's entertainment value has to be diminished. In fact, by further legislating the shootout, the NHL can make it even better.

Here is a suggestion for how to script future shootouts...

MORE: The best spin-o-rama goals ever

First shooter is allowed to make whatever shootout move he wants, except, of course, for the evil, vile, spin-o-rama.

Second shooter must take off his helmet and keep it balanced on the handle of his stick.

Third shooter must play the puck between his legs at some point during his approach to the net.

Fourth shooter must find an opposite-handed teammate and use his stick.

Fifth shooter must be the backup goaltender, in full pads.

Sixth shooter must skate backwards.

Seventh shooter must be blindfolded.

Eighth shooter must use two sticks, one in each...

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The NHL has clarified the spin-o-rama rule after the controversy over Mason Raymond’s shootout move.

The Toronto Maple Leafs winger scored on Craig Anderson on Saturday night, and the Ottawa Senators and others weren’t sure if it should have been a goal. The NHL put out a story on its website clarifying the situation on Sunday night.

Talk over the summer surfaced as the joint NHL and Players’ Association competition committee recommended making the 360-degree spin-o-rama illegal in shootouts, and it was approved by the board of governors. The NHLPA executive committee did not give it the go-ahead, something Senators captain Jason Spezza was aware of in the wake of the Raymond controversy.

Ottawa coach Paul MacLean described a conference call with general manager Bryan Murray and their counterparts around the league in which the participants were told that a spin-o-rama attempt “would be seriously reviewed and you’re taking a chance that it would be an illegal...

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September 11, 2014, 3:30 PM September 11, 2014, 3:30 PM

NEW YORK — Repeat offenders for diving and their coaches will face harsher punishments as part of a series of rule changes the NHL announced.

Under rules in effect for the upcoming season, a player will receive a warning for his offence, be fined US$2,000 for his second, $3,000 for his third, $4,000 for his fourth and $5,000 each for his fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth embellishment penalties.

His coach will also get fined: $2,000 for the player’s fourth offence, $3,000 for his fifth, $4,000 for his sixth and $5,000 each for his seventh and eighth.

The goal is to cut down on what general managers agreed at their March meeting was a league-wide epidemic of embellishment, with certain teams being more guilty than others.

Other rule changes focus on overtime, shootouts, penalties, video review, faceoffs and the trapezoid behind the net.

In an effort to cut down on shootouts, there will...

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Rumors of the the Flames looking to trade defenseman Dougie Hamilton for some scoring help just won't go away.

Nearly two months into the NHL season, Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton is now a hot topic of trade speculation among the hockey punditry.

Hamilton, 23, got off to a slow start with the Flames this season. The puck-moving blueliner went pointless during a 10-game stretch from Oct. 30 to Nov. 18, and netted only six points in his first 19 games.

The Hamilton rumors initially surfaced in late October, when TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported of talk he could be available. LeBrun said one team made inquiries but didn't get far.

As Hamilton and the Flames struggled through November, the trade chatter only grew. On Nov. 12, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos expressed doubt that the Flames were shopping the rearguard, but claimed the Arizona Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins were “kicking tires.” Two days later, Kypreos' colleague Elliotte Friedman said he'd...

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The shootout spin-o-rama is dead, overtime will change, goalies will have more room to maneuver behind the net and divers will have to pay the price.

Those are among the rules that will go in effect for the 2014-15 NHL season, according to the league.

The spin-o-rama whirling penalty shot move had been a topic of controversy because the rules state that a shootout attempt was over if a player stopped his forward movement. Eliminating the move gets rid of the ambiguity, though it will cut out a staple of highlight-reel films.

The move is also now forbidden during in-game penalty shots.

The league also took a step to try to limit the number of shootouts by tweaking overtime rules:

• Teams will switch ends before the start of overtime in the regular season, creating a longer trip to the bench on line changes, and potentially more odd-man rushes.

• The entire ice surface will undergo a "dry scrape" before overtime to create a less-choppy...

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Mason Raymond caused quite a stir with his spin-o-rama shootout move Saturday night.

The Toronto Maple Leafs winger scored on Craig Anderson, and the Ottawa Senators and others weren't sure if it should have been a goal. The NHL put out a story on its website clarifying the situation on Sunday night.

Talk over the summer surfaced as general managers recommended making the 360-degree spin-o-rama illegal in shootouts, and it was approved by the board of governors. The NHLPA executive board did not give it the go-ahead, something Senators captain Jason Spezza was aware of in the wake of the Raymond controversy.

Ottawa coach Paul MacLean described a conference call he was on with GM Bryan Murray and their counterparts around the league in which the participants were told that a spin-o-rama attempt "would be seriously reviewed and you're taking a chance that it would be an illegal play and the goal would be disallowed."

That call happened Sept. 30,...

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Based on recommendations from the NHL Competition Committee earlier this year which were approved by the league’s Board of Governors, the NHL has implemented a number of rule changes for the 2014-15 season. They are:

Expansion of the Trapezoid – Rule 1.8

While many hoped for the outright elimination of the trapezoid – the limited area behind the goal line in which the goaltender is legally permitted to play the puck – it remains in the rulebook for 2014-15. It’s actually been expanded, if only slightly. The new trapezoid has been expanded by two feet from the goal post on either side of the net. The distance along the end boards remains the same.

Adopted changes to trapezoid behind the goal line

The change results in an increased 22 square feet (from 253 to 275 sq ft) of legal area behind the net for the goalie to handle the puck. It’s not much, but the change in angle will give goaltenders a bit more freedom in movement when coming out from behind...

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Wait, so let's get this straight: Martin Brodeur is out of an NHL playing job for the first time in 25 years and the league expands the trapezoid rule? That's one of nine rule changes the NHL introduced Thursday after Board of Governors and NHLPA approval.

The changes will go into effect for the 2014-15 season. Here's a rundown:

More trapezoid

"The trapezoid will be expanded by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the net," the league says. The trapezoid rule, also known as Rule 1.8 in the NHL rulebook, was introduced after the 2004-05 lockout. Brodeur, a phenomenal puck-handling goaltender, was one of the chief reasons for the introduction of the rule as the NHL tried to cut down on goalies leaving their crease to stop dump-ins in the corners.

Really, this would benefit puck-handling goalies like Brodeur, as it gives goaltenders more room to handle the puck.

Projections for Season

Projections for Season

The...

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The Winnipeg Jets salute Ducks veteran Teemu Selanne, while the Buffalo Sabres are off to a 0-3 start.

Ducks forward Teemu Selanne, center, acknowledges the crowd while receiving… (Trevor Hagan / Associated…)

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the past week.

Pluses

+ Fans in Winnipeg came out to greet Teemu Selanne when the Ducks arrived at their hotel at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and gave him a standing ovation when the Jets showed a tribute video during Sunday's game. It was the last regular-season visit by Selanne, who began his career there by scoring 76 goals as a Jets rookie in the 1992-93 season.

+ Start planning the Stanley Cup parade in Toronto. Maybe not, but the Maple Leafs are 3-0-0 thanks in part to big contributions from two newcomers. Former Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier won Game 2 as a starter and won Game 3 in relief of James Reimer, and forward Mason Raymond, who came to camp on a tryout...

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