Jay Beagle didn’t skate for a second straight day after being knocked out by Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham Thursday, but Coach Bruce Boudreau says the Capitals are just playing it safe.
“I don’t know how to say it. We’re just being overly cautious,” Boudreau said. “If Jay had his way he’d be out there practicing. All the things are fine...just with only one game we knew he wasn’t going to play there’s no sense going on the ice.”
According to previous comments from Boudreau on Friday, Beagle has not exhibited symptoms of a concussion since the fight and he reiterated that on Saturday.
“We’re giving it a couple days to see if any symptoms arise,” Boudreau continued. “As far as the training staff and everything goes — the swelling has even gone down. He’s almost looking fine.”
Beagle was not made available to speak with reporters on Saturday. Washington’s caution with Beagle plays a bit into Brooks Laich’s comments about the league babysitting players too much by holding players out when a concussion is a possiblity.
Boudreau acknowledged it is difficult to hold a player out when they’re eager to get back in game action.
“It’s hard. Any time you’re an athlete and you’re a competitive guy and you want to play it’s always a difficult thing,” Boudreau said. “Jay’s as competitive as they come. So he wants to be out there with the guys.”