On Sunday, Jay Beagle signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks, leaving the Capitals after playing parts of 10 seasons in Washington DC.
We may have gotten a clue that Beagle was leaving the organization in mid June. A day after the Caps championship parade, the fourth-line center received a game-used stick from Alex Ovechkin during the team’s breakdown day. Beagle interrupted Ovechkin during a TV interview so that he could sign it.
NBC4 Washington posted the clip on June 14.
Very touching moment between @ovi8 and Jay Beagle today captured by @Dbuck34. Can't believe how perfect some of the music they play at Kettler is sometimes… #Capitals #ALLCAPS #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/DCd79mW9fo
— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) June 14, 2018
“Thanks, O. Appreciate ya,” Beagle said, walking into frame.
After receiving the stick back signed, the former Capital “revealed” Ovechkin’s inscription, joking it said “To Jay Beagle. I love you.”
During Beagle’s first press conference as a Vancouver Canuck, Beagle said that Brian MacLellan let his representation know that they did not have room under the salary cap to bring the fourth-line center back.
Beagle ended up nearly doubling his salary from last year ($1.75 million) in his new contract with the Canucks.
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