Huge joke. I can't believe this crap. The Capitals benefit from their fan being an idiot. If anything it should have been handled with a fine to both teams and donated to charity. Absolutely terrible handling of the situation!
Look at it this way. At least Perry Pearn is not the replacement. Schoenfeld is certainly capable of coaching this team to a win. Maybe this BS will make the players angry. Maybe Zherdev will show up being happy Torts is not there.
did the fan that started it have anything happen to him?
If it was a Caps fan, which I'm sure it was, I'm betting not a single thing.
Obviously Torts has to have better judgment in this situation and you can't ever throw a beer at someone. But again, we still don't actually know if someone did or didn't throw something at him, and what kind of things were being said to him. And considering the kind of behavior that Caps fans have displayed in the past - between the Jeff Carter incident and a couple of people throwing things at the end of Game 1 - nothing would surprise me. I just fear for our players if there's a Game 7 and we wind up winning it.
what effect does this have on the teams battle level tomorrow?
The only thing you can say is that if you had a choice of whether a coach would miss a home game or an away game, it's worse for him to miss a home game due to the significance of "last change", when a coaches skill level can shine.
Actually, I AGREE with a suspension, BUT there should be a review of activities inside every arena in the league. IF it was found that actions taken, or not taken, by Verizon Center staff and security led to the incident, the Washington Capitals should be fined as well.
I don't agree with a suspension, I understand it is in the rules so it pretty much has to be done. That being said, it is game six of the freaking playoffs. I think a fine would have been sufficient.
And I agree with the rest of your statement, but considering how many games at Verizon center I have been to, the lack of a decent response from security doesn't surprise me, now if it was a rangers fan doing it to a caps player/coach, I am sure the guy would end up in jail.
And as far as video evidence, the only clips I have seen start with the stuff after tort turns around so really the only evidence that we have that something happened is caps fans who were sitting there and security that works there, neither of which, from experience, I would put much stock into.
There may be additional video angles but I am only talking about what I have seen.