On Monday night, the Washington Capitals took on the Vancouver Canucks to begin a four-game road trip. Prior to the game, one of our favorite Capitals players finally got to receive his Stanley Cup ring. Jay Beagle had been a longtime fixture with the Capitals almost as long as Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom had. A key component on the fourth line and face-offs on the ice and a personable guy among the fans off the ice, it was great to see Beagle finally get his ring.
After the best party of our lives, the serious stuff came. Barry Trotz joined the Islanders, the Caps re-signed John Carlson, Michal Kempny, Devante Smith-Pelly, and traded away Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik, evenutally getting the latter back. These were great moves but sports is a business and the unfortunate part is while some come back others move on. Beagle was one of them.
When free agency began, Beagle signed a four-year, $12 million paycheck with the Vancouver Canucks. As sad as it was among Caps fans to see him leave, it was good to see him get a good contract that’s well-deserved.
After the Caps held a morning skate, they invited Beagle back to the locker room for a special surprise. When Beagle entered the room, the Caps gave him a standing ovation.
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Ovechkin and Beagle shared a hug before Ovechkin bestowed the Stanley Cup ring to Beagle.
“Oh wow, that’s incredible,” Beagle said as he opened the box.
“I mean it’s great to see you guys,” Beagle would later say. “Honestly, I saw you guys yesterday, I truly do miss you guys. You are a family to me and obviously we went through something that was incredible and something we’ll never forget and you’ll always have a place in my heart. I miss you guys and thanks for being here and presenting this ring to me and making it special for sure. Thank you.”
Beagle put on the ring and said it fits like a glove. Props to them on getting the ring size right!
Beagle didn’t play in the game last night as he suffered a forearm injury from blocking a shot back on October 13th against the Florida Panthers but it was great he still got to reunite with his former teammates. Beagle will be out for five weeks but may be back out there when the Caps host Vancouver on February 5th.
We at Friends in Cold Places would also like to congratulate Beags on the birth of his third child! He and his wife welcomed their baby girl Millie on October 20.