Should Tortorella get away with it?
An altercation broke out near the Calgary Flames' dressing room during the first intermission of their game against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver Saturday evening.
CBC cameras unexpectedly captured Canucks head coach John Tortorella become aggressive and confrontational outside the Calgary Flames locker room at Rogers Arena, with Calgary enforcer Brian McGrattan pushing him away.
Flames goaltender coach Clint Malarchuk came out of the Flames dressing room after Tortorella and McGrattan were separated.
Malarchuk followed Tortorella, but was restrained by several members of Calgary's staff and McGrattan.
To the play-by-play announcer's surprise, Tortorella remained behind the bench for the second period and the rest of the game.
Now, the NHL has to decide how to handle his unprofessional behaviour.
Traditionally the NHL, which CBC reports has asked for all video from the hallway camera that captured the event, frowns on coaching/management off-ice confrontations.
See Rule 46.8 which says
"Whenever a Coach or other non-playing Club personnel becomes involved in an altercation with an opposing player, Coach or other non-playing Club personnel on or off the ice, shall be automatically suspended from the game, ordered to the dressing room and the matter will be reported to the Commissioner for further disciplinary action."
Previously in 1999, Washington GM George McPhee was fined $20,000 and suspended one month for punching Chicago coach Lorne Molleken, however there is no evidence Tortorella actually threw a punch and therefore that harsh of a punishment is being called unlikely by hockey analyst.
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