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  • Top 10 NHL spin-o-rama goals, as we mourn their sudden death

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago

    The National Hockey League this week officially banned the “spin-o-rama” move from its penalty shots and shootouts, removing one of the more delightfully efficient (and dazzling) moves from the overtime skills competition. 

    Alas, it was crushed under the weight of questions about goalie interference and the puck’s forward progress. Even if it was a move that generated highlights on ESPN for the NHL, in a situation where individual skill should take precedent over a goalie’s ire.

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    So R.I.P., Mr. Spin-o-rama. You’re gone, but not forgotten, as we count down the top 10 spin-o-rama goals in the shootout and on penalty shots since the dawn of the new overtime format.

    And here ... we ... go. 

    10. Martin St. Louis vs. Chicago (3/9/11)

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  • Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: New York Rangers

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 days ago

    (The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!)  

    The Rangers made the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1994 before succumbing to the Los Angeles Kings, but it was a heck of a ride: Winning in seven games over the rival Flyers, rallying to beat the rival Penguins, thwarting the Canadiens before falling in five games to LA. The death of Marty St. Louis’ mother provided an emotional undercurrent to the whole run. 

    They finished 45-31-6 with 96 points under Alain Vigneault in his first season as head coach. 

    Christopher Krieder steamrolling Carey Price.

    The biggest change for the Rangers was the buyout given to Brad Richards, a former No. 1 center whose diminishing returns in the postseason necessitated the move. Anton Stralman, Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle, Dan Carcillo and Raphael Diaz were among the players to leave as free agents. 

    Dan Boyle arrived from the San Jose Sharks on a 2-year deal. Tanner Glass, Matthew Lombardi, Lee Stempniak and Ryan Malone were among the other new arrivals. 

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