We’re now into the second week of the NHL season, and there are certainly no shortage of storylines to go around. One of those storylines in particular has the whole hockey world buzzing with ESPN even jumping into the conversation.
That said, it’s time for another installment of Rosie’s Rebounds.
Rick Rypien Suspended indefintely
While we’ll find out more today when Rypien has his hearing in New York with Colin Campbell, its presumably safe to say that the Canucks enforcer will get a hefty punishment for his actions in Tuesday’s game against the Wild when the “Colin Campbell Wheel of Justice” takes another spin.
For those who haven’t heard about this by now, Rypien got into a physical altercation with a fan at the Xcel Energy Center after being handed a game misconduct in the second period.
Here’s another look at what happened as seen in this clip…
Were Rypien’s actions wrong? Absolutely. Does it make it right for the fan however to do what he did even though it didn’t look like much? Not necessarily.
I don’t know what was said when Rypien went down the runway and into the locker room. However, while the fan certainly has the right to be vocal, there are still some boundaries that he/she should abide by.
Michael Russo, the Wild beat reporter for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune spoke to the fan who was involved in the altercation (James Engquist) on Wednesday. Here’s an excerpt on that…
“This is a crazy incident. I’ve seen a lot of hockey in my day, and I’ve someone actually come into the stands and assault a fan,” said Engquist.
Engquist said he is “definitely seeking legal representation…I was assaulted. That’s the bottom line.”
There is a fine line to be drawn between Rypien in Engquist. Rypien was obviously wrong for assulting Engquist, but its only fair if the folks at the Xcel Energy Center do something about Engquist’s season tickets. The fact that Engquist was able to stay at the game makes it troublesome to me. It’s a lose-lose situation for both Rypien and Engquist after their actions Tuesday night.
As for fan altercation in the NHL, this is not anything new as we all know. Remember that incident where the Big Bad Bruins invaded the stands at Madison Square Garden in 1979? Well, here’s the clip in case you need to refresh…
Terry O’Reilly couldn’t have gotten to the stands any quicker, eh?
For more on player-fan interaction, you can read this terrific piece from James O’Brien of Pro Hockey Talk breaking down the history of fan-player altercations.
Fantasy Hockey Advice of the Week
This week, I’m going to give you another youngster to keep an eye on and that’s Bruins forward Jordan Caron. In four games, the youngster has two goals and been seeing a lot of time on the penalty kill. You might want to pick him up on waivers while you can, especially given that there’s no timetable for Marco Sturm and Marc Savard to return to the lineup.
Fantasy Hockey Rebounds of the Week
As promised, here are your fantasy hockey rebounds of the week for October 22nd (by position):
G – Tim Thomas (BOS)
This is a rather easy choice in goal this week as Thomas has been stellar between the Bruins pipes. Thomas is playing to his form back when he won the Vezina Trophy in 2008-09 and has posted a 4-0-0 record with a stellar 0.75 Goals Against Average and a .978 Save %. For a goalie who was coming off hip surgery and for someone who supposedly lost the starting job to Tuukka Rask (who should still get some minutes) the UVM alum has clearly surpassed expectations early on in 2010-11.
D – Brent Burns (MIN)
For someone who’s been plagued by injuries, Burns has done quite well in the early part of the year. He’s already matched his goal total from a year ago and is contributing on the power play as well. If healthy, Burns should be a reliable defenseman for fantasy owners.
F – Evgeni Malkin (PIT)
Granted he only played 67 games last year, but even then a 77 point season was a disappointment by his standards. In eight games, Geno has eight points so far and is looking like the 113 point player he was from 2008-09.
See you next week…