Here’s a disappointing development: Vancouver Canucks forward and DC fan favorite, Jay Beagle, will not play in today’s game.
The Vancouver Canucks practiced at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Friday ahead of their game against the Washington Capitals Saturday afternoon at Capital One Arena. The practice marked Jay Beagle’s second return back to his former stomping grounds in the nation’s capital.
The Stanley Cup champion received another hero’s welcome. In fact, Beagle got so much attention from a throng of passionate Caps fans that he missed a team meeting and the Canucks’ bus ride back to the team hotel.
He did not mind at all.
Vancouver Canucks defender and DC legend Jay Beagle has scored his first goal the season in extremely typical Jay Beagle fashion:
Rad stick skills ✅
The Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Good Boys 3-2 Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. And now that we’ve got the hockey out of the way, let’s talk about everything else that happened at the game!
An emotional Jay Beagle spoke to reporters and thanked Caps fans after the Vancouver Canucks lost to Washington 3-2 Tuesday. The game marked Beagle’s first in DC since signing with Vancouver over the summer.
Beagle was honored during the game with a powerful tribute video that inspired a hug from Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. Several teammates thanked Beagle for his time in Washington throughout the night.
“It was weird, obviously, strange being on the other side against him,” Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said. “I’ve played so much with him. Those guys, [I] hope they know how lucky they are to have him on their team.”
Beagle, who was tearing up in the postgame interview, said the tribute video was difficult to get past and that it was “tough” to play his former team in the city that was his home for over eight years.
He also was very emotional about the loud ovations he received and the hundreds of signs fans held up during warmups.
Jay Beagle had this day circled on his calendar. February 5 marked his first return to Washington, DC since signing as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks over the summer.
To honor his return, the Capitals aired a tribute video on the jumbotron.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
For the first time since signing as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks, Jay Beagle returned to Washington on Tuesday night to take on his former teammates.
After Beagle admitted that he never gets signs dedicated to him at warmups, Capitals fans did what they do best, and showed him a wealth of love upon his return.
As Beagle took to Capital One ice, he was visibly moved by the reaction from Caps fans, and stopped to take in every poster. He was treated to loud applause as he made his way back to the locker room, the last player off the ice, and even gave some sticks to two fans as he left.
The happiest and hardest-working man in hockey, Jay Beagle, spoke with Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman on their 31 Thoughts podcast in January about feedback from fans before games.
“I like to watch the signs in warmups, I love it,” Beagle said. “They’re never about me, so I’m always just like, ‘who’s got the best one today?'”
Two hockey fans who heard the podcast decided to make Beagle the signs he deserves. His reaction was adorable. Now, RMNB is doing the same, as a celebration of Beagle’s first return to Capital One Arena Tuesday since he helped the team win its first Stanley Cup.
Over the summer, the Washington Capitals were close to the salary cap and had a glut of checking line forwards in the organization, like Travis Boyd, ready for more opportunity. The situation forced what for many was a sad situation. Veteran fourth-line center Jay Beagle, due for a pay raise after winning a Stanley Cup, left the only NHL organization he ever knew, signing a four-year, $12 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks in July.
Earlier this week, Beagle, who has played 21 games for the Canucks this season tallying four points (1g, 3a) and registering a 50.8 faceoff percentage, spoke to Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek of the 31 Thoughts podcast.
Beags spent a decent sized chunk of the conversation talking about his time in Washington and eventually signing with Vancouver. He found it especially difficult telling his now former teammates that he signed elsewhere.
“It didn’t go good,” Beagle said. “I’m not good at that. I’m not good at saying goodbye and I’m not good at, I didn’t wanna text. I didn’t want it to be a text. We still have a group chat that’s hopefully we never get rid of it. But I’m not a good guy at texting, especially my feelings.”
Beagle also revealed that Tom Wilson was the first player he called and told he was leaving. And his favorite Capitals coach was Dale Hunter.
Over the summer, Jay Beagle was one of only a handful of players to leave the Capitals. Fresh off his first Stanley Cup, the fourth-line center signed a four-year, $12 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks.
Thursday, Beagle finally scored his first goal with his new team.
It was a beauty.
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