That it does. I can't remember what happened to the fan, but he could easily have been charged with assault.
There is a huge line that Rypien crossed, and it's one that a pro athlete just doesn't cross. Regardless of what the fan did first (the video doesn't show that he did anything, but even if he did), the player can't just grab a fan.
I'll be surprised if there is anything less than 10 games handed down. You know this is going to be splashed all over every sports show, and it doesn't leave a good impression on non-fans and casual fans - and that's something the league simply can't have.
the more i watch that, the more it looks like that guy really wasn't being provocative.
I'm sure there was some trash talk and whatnot going on... but he certainly wasn't being physically aggressive towards him in anyway. Just read the article on ESPN about it, and Malhotra is saying some garbage about the guy being too involved with the team or something... yeah, that's not going to fly. And if they removed him from the arena, I think they owe him a ticket (or two).