Ask Adam: Shootout mulligans, Olympic dark horse candidates, and Weber column fallout

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Greetings Adam. I’ll cut right to it. I was wondering if there are any specific scenarios that would result in a player having to redo his shootout attempt. If so, has it ever happened before? Thanks!
Brandon Sparks, Fredericton, N.B.

Greetings Brandon,

The rules governing the shootout are the same as the rules governing penalty shots. And yes, there are instances in which a shot can be taken again:

“Should the goalkeeper leave his crease prior to the player taking the penalty shot has touched the puck, and in the event of violation of this rule or any foul committed by a goalkeeper, the Referee shall allow the shot to be taken and if the shot fails, he shall permit the penalty shot to be taken over again.

When an infraction worthy of a minor penalty is committed by the goalkeeper during the penalty shot that causes the shot to fail, no penalty is to be assessed but the Referee shall permit the shot to be taken over again. Should a goalkeeper commit a second such violation during the penalty shot and the shot fails, he shall be assessed a misconduct penalty and the Referee shall permit the penalty shot to be taken over again.” 

A player can also be allowed to shoot again if the goalie is assessed a match penalty, or if one of the goalie’s teammates or coaches interferes with the shooter. There’s a reason why you don’t see it often: these things rarely, if ever happen.


Who, that was left off of Team Canada’s initial invite list, may be playing their way into consideration for Olympic roster?
Lance Arnold, Ottawa


When Canada’s summer orientation camp was first announced, youngsters such as Dallas’ Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and Ottawa’s Jason Spezza were the most notable names that were left off. But while all three were playing at a point-per-game pace, I think it’s still far too early to start presuming anyone has pushed themselves into a roster spot.

Same goes for goalies. Marc-Andre Fleury and Jonathan Bernier weren’t on the initial list, but both have looked solid so far this season. If they keep it up, it may be tough for Canadian team architect Steve Yzerman to leave them off the roster. But that could all change in a matter of weeks. So let’s get through November before we get into heavy speculation.


Any idea what happened between the Preds and announcer Tom Callahan? It is unprecedented in my experience (started following the Leafs in 1952) for a team to have an announcer resign in midseason. Thanks.
Jon Levine, Nashville


No, there has been no reason offered by the team or Callahan other than this statement. Personal reasons may not be particularly satisfying for the ever-curious public, but I’m OK leaving it at that.

People leave their jobs in other industries all the time for personal reasons and their privacy is respected and hockey people aren’t any different. You’re right, it is a rarity in the NHL, but we can never know – and probably shouldn’t – all the things that go into any individual’s decision.

Adam, what are your thoughts on Philly trying to acquire Weber from Nashville? I loved your piece on the need to move Shea Weber soon, and I’ve been saying that ever since he signed that mega deal, long before Seth Jones arrived.

But I don’t see Philly as a logical destination. Sure, Paul Holmgren has surprised us all before, but the clock is ticking on him there and I think they should be hanging onto their young pieces and attempt a rebuild by dumping guys like Scott Hartnell and others, as opposed to shipping out the likes of Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, and then some, for a stud like Weber. Weber would help any team but I think Philly’s issues are deep and too many to make a move like that pay off. Any thoughts on that and other possible destinations for Mr Weber? Thanks.
Matthew Groves, Toronto


I understand your perspective, but the reason I included the Flyers in that column – and the reason hockey people never discount the Flyers as a trade possibility – is because team owner Ed Snider is singularly focused on winning a Cup in his lifetime and he’d move heaven, earth and other locations if it meant acquiring a player he and/or the team’s brass decided they wanted. If they were dead set against dealing the type of players necessary to getting a deal done with Nashville, I could also see them involving a third team to make the transaction happen. Did you think the Flyers were frontrunners for Vincent Lecavalier? I think my point is made.

As for other potential destinations for Weber: Edmonton and Detroit jump to the front of my mind because there’s a long-term need there. But the truth is, if the Preds made Weber available, I’d bet at least half the league would inquire with GM David Poile to see if there was a way they could make a deal work. That’s why it could be such a bonanza for Nashville – Poile could play teams off one another to ratchet up the price to nearly astronomical levels.

Some Preds fans got touchy and provincial when that column first came out and that’s to be expected. But I maintain the short-term pain of Weber leaving would be replaced by a better all-around team a couple years down the line.

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