Jay Beagle Re-Signs With The Capitals
The Capitals announced Thursday that forward Jay Beagle has re-signed with the team on a three-year contract worth $2.7 million.
Beagle, 26, is a gritty third or fourth line center. He played in 41 games last season, accounting for four goals and one assist. Beagle also racked up 23 penalty minutes.
Beagle became a favorite of interim coach Dale Hunter down the stretch last year and throughout the Caps' playoff run. It was much publicized that Beagle was getting more ice time in the playoffs than captain Alexander Ovechkin.
The re-signing of Beagle by GM George McPhee is in alignment with the other moves the Capitals have made during this free agency period. Along with Beagle, the Capitals have signed Joey Crabb, Jack Hillen, and Mathieu Perreault. With these additions, McPhee is hoping to fill-out the bottom half of the squad with reliable squad players that know their role within a hockey team.
New Capitals Coach Adam Oates is partial to a more offensive playing style, so it is unknown if Beagle's role will be as large as it was under Hunter.