Coach Bruce Boudreau said Jay Beagle is expected to take another step in his recovery from a concussion and practice with the Capitals on Tuesday.
Beagle skated twice over the weekend, marking the first time he’s been on the ice since suffering a concussion when he was knocked out by Arron Asham on Oct. 13. Practicing with the team represents another hurdle, though. The Calgary native completed an off-ice workout with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish on Monday, according to Boudreau.
“Yeah, he’s skating with us again tomorrow,” Boudreau said. “He’s feeling really good about it. You know yourselves [media members] the whole concussion things, the protocol – it’s not his first one, either – so it’s taken a little bit more time. But talking to him this morning, he feels great, can’t wait to get back out and he’s going to practice tomorrow morning.”
Boudreau said Beagle’s improving health isn’t the reason that D.J. King was assigned to Hershey, however. (With Boudreau’s full comments on King to come a little later.)
Beagle’s “not ready to come back this week at all,” Boudreau said. “So it has no bearing [on sending King to Hershey].”