“Thoughts on Thoughts” is a feature that looks at Elliotte Friedman’s terrific weekly post “30 Thoughts.” Justin Bourne selects his 10 favourite tidbits, and elaborates.
Friedman’s column, October 7th: Controversial spin-o-rama move in spotlight
Friedman starts out this week by discussing the spin-o-rama, specifically the one Mason Raymond scored with against Ottawa to push the Leafs past the Senators earlier this week. Paul MacLean made some interesting comments after the game, specifically this:
“I was on a conference call at the start of the year with all the other coaches and was informed at that time… that that play would be seriously reviewed and you’re taking a chance that… the goal would be disallowed in the spin-o-rama move. We informed our players of that, and we don’t do that. I think it’s a very unfair play for the goaltender for the guy to come in and blow snow on him. To me, he came to a full stop and the puck went backwards and came forwards, but that’s me.”
Ending with, “But…
…I’m only a fisherman from Nova Scotia, so I don’t know nothin’ about nothin,”
Paul MacLean’s the best.
Here’s the thing about the spin-o-rama: it’s bullsh*t and needs to be illegal. Yes it’s cool and interesting and neat and Yay For Fun!, but it defeats the spirit of the true breakaway to me, which I believe is what we’re trying to, or should be trying to, replicate (I also think Patrick Kane taking two thousand seconds and a billion stickhandles does too, but I’m an old grump). I think – and this is just me, it’s not in any rulebook or anything – that there should be some representation of actual hockey, which means skating in fairly fast and trying to beat the goaltender as you best see fit. While there are other ways to get the cat skinned for a shooter, including skating in at no-miles-per-hour, and reversing your direction with the puck ala the spin-o-rama, it would best if we at least kept the shots hockey-like.
I say we put a clock on guys and only allow spins, not “spin-o-ramas” (I’m not opposed to fancy, as long as it’s something ala Tomas Hertl’s between-the-legs-at-game-speed style). There’s a difference between a spin and a spin-o-rama, as any halfway-decent skater can attest.
It doesn’t seem fair for the goaltenders otherwise, and it really becomes a sideshow instead of a breakaway competition. I understand that goalies can still stop these shots, I understand everyone is allowed to use them, and I understand I’m being a miser here. Whatever. Those are stupid (fun to watch!) moves that shouldn’t be allowed.
1. Looked a little bit into Ken Holland’s overtime suggestion: four minutes of four-on-four, followed by four minutes of three-on-three if still tied. Then a shootout if necessary. I love the idea, which was tried at the Traverse City rookie tournament the Red Wings host. One of the reasons against it is the league doesn’t want longer games.
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