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


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.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.