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Rick Rypien Assaults Fan

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By now you've seen and heard the commotion. Rick Rypien, after being pulled off of Brad Staubitz in a pathetic attempt to motivate the Vancouver Canucks, tussled with linesman Don Henderson, initiating contact, then jumping at a fan in the stands who was sarcastically clapping at him.

Well, as it turns out, looking at the video it certainly looks like it was a kid who drew the ire of the Canucks fighter.

So, what do you think? Does that look like a father protecting his child? Does it add to the already lengthy punishment that should be coming down from Colin Campbell?

Remember, Ron Artest got 73 games for attacking a fan. If it turns out that it is a child, Rypien needs to miss the rest of the season. No question about it.

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"There's boundaries that should never be crossed. We're in our area of work," Malhotra said. "We're all for the hooting and hollering and supporting your team and saying whatever is tasteful. But as soon as you cross that line and want to become physical with a player then we have to make sure we take care of ourselves. ... We have no idea of what their intentions are."

Has Manny Malhotra lost his mind? Watch the replay again. Malhotra is staring right at the fans. At no point did the fans reach over the boundary or "cross the line". At no point, until Rypien reaches up and over the wall and grabs the young man, do the fans make contact with Rypien. Unreal.