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  1. Jason Kurylo
    October 20, 2010

    I agree, Justine, Rypien has always played on the edge, but conducted himself well when he’s off the ice. This incident might be related to team frustrations for the poor start, or perhaps to some personal matters for Rick that we don’t know about. Either way, it’s seriously uncool to collar a fan, even if that fan mouthed off at him.

    What I’d like to see is a 10-game suspension from the league, and a voluntary 10-game additional suspension from the Canucks. During that time, I’d like to see Rypien step up to apologize to the fan, Vancouver & Minnesota media, and explain why he went over the edge. If he volunteers for anger management workshops, so be it – as goofy as the guy is, Sean Avery never touched knuckles to a spectator that I know of.

    I don’t see Rypien branded for life on this, if he does the right thing. Mike Milbury climbed into the stands as a player nearly 30 years ago. Most people remember him as either a steady Bruins defenseman, a ridiculously undertalented GM, or an entertaining/frustrating hockey commentator. Now, references to him throwing a shoe are shrugged off – the nickname “Mad Mike” refers more to his crazy trades as a GM than his temper as a player. Let’s just hope Rypien does take steps to make things right, and that he limits the distractions for this already confused team.

    • Cornuck
      October 21, 2010

      Good points – and an apology should come fast – it’s already a little late.

      Comparing him to Milbury is interesting, as they’ve shown that clip (the ‘shoe’ incident) during broadcasts while he’s working and it’s all laughed off.

      Personally, I’m more concerned with how the team handles this – the NHL will find a way to screw it, so I really don’t care what they do. The Canucks have a few options that could hit harder.

      It’s never fun when a favourite player does something retarded.

  2. Cookie La Rue
    October 21, 2010

    Hi, in principle i agree with both of you but the fines should be way lower because there was no physical damage done to the fan.
    Imo it was more like a “Rypien style” hug, silly and harmless. He should get a maximum of 4 games if they want to state their power.

    ps: And he should apologize publicly to the fan in combination with a signed jersey…. hehehe.

    • Justine Galo
      October 21, 2010

      Unfortunately for Rypien and the Canucks we live in “sue you” world.

      He wasn’t hurt but who knows, technically pouring water on someone is ‘assault’ (correct me if I am wrong lawyers) these days.

      • Cookie La Rue
        October 23, 2010

        Now it’s 6 games for the typical “Rick Rypien Sucker Grab” assault plus a 25 k fine. Seems ok.

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