Upon watching the video replay, I'll admit, it was pretty evident that Beach ducked his head in anxiety as he the puck cleared the glass, so I AM pretty convinced he didn't mean to fire it into the crowd, but rather smack it off the glass.
I don't know about this. If there was no real intent, then why the suspension? People have different angles when viewing something. Could previous history be playing in the role in this?
There seems to be no video on this incident.
I wander how much the Chicago Blackhawks will put up with all his incidents? They don't have to sign him but wouldn't that be a publicity nightmare not signing a first round pick. They could trade his rights but will another team give him a second chance?
How about the Lethbridge Hurricanes who traded for him a few weeks back? He has nine goals and five assists in 9 games since the trade. They are seventh in the Eastern Conference and trying to battle out for a playoff position. These three games are huge for them and not having him in the line up isn't a good thing.
That's My Take
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)