Capitals Re-sign Jay Beagle
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Jay Beagle to a three year extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Beagle, 26, set career highs in goals (4), points (5), games played (41) and penalty minutes (23) last season. He finished the season ranked second on Washington in face-off percentage (57.7%) and recorded 66 hits and 23 blocked shots during the regular season. Beagle tallied his first career playoff goal and assist and finished sixth among forwards in average ice time per game (18:25) during the postseason, compared to his 11:51 per-game ice time during the regular season. He tied for sixth on the team in hits (25) and ranked second among Capitals forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:42) during the postseason.
The Calgary, Alberta, native has collected 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in 82 career NHL games, all with Washington. Beagle won back-to-back Calder Cup championships with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2009 and 2010 and tallied 95 points (47 goals, 48 assists) in 209 career AHL games. The 6’3”, 215-pound forward was originally signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent on March 26, 2008. He won a Kelly Cup championship with the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) in 2007 after spending two years at the University of Alaska-Anchorage (2005-07).