Capitals center Jay Beagle finished up his workout with four other players at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex at about 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The group continues to secure ice time at least three times a week at the team’s practice facility, trying to keep a routine during the uncertain time.
The sessions also serve a different function for Beagle as he prefers to get his updates on the labor progress from two of his workout partners – Capitals winger Jason Chimera and Jeff Halpern, a former Capital now with the New York Rangers.
Players are scheduled to hold a conference call on Monday night for an update on the weekend’s negotiations, and Beagle said while he’s encouraged that the sides continue to talk, he’ll wait to hear the specifics from Chimera, the team’s representative to the players’ association.
“I don’t really have much input to bring,” said Beagle, who signed a three-year contract extension in July. “I’m a guy who just came into the league, and when they tell me to play, I’m going to be playing. I stay away from it, and when I hear some good news, it’s obviously uplifting and I get excited.”
While many of Beagle’s teammates have scattered the globe with some playing overseas, the 26-year-old Calgary native never gave much thought to leaving the area, even with regular season games cancelled through Nov. 30 and last week’s decision to call off the league’s annual Winter Classic, which he called “sad.”
“I feel like the minute I go, I’ll be coming straight back. That’ll be my luck,” Beagle said before leaving KCI on Monday.
Instead, Beagle – who recorded five points last season in a career-high 41 games before a broken foot in the playoffs ended his year – will keep doing his best with his new routine and wait for the lockout to be lifted. When other players are scrambling to get back to the area once the stoppage ends, Beagle will be waiting for them, preferably sooner than later.
“We’re not used to this,” Beagle said. “This is tough to be in November and not playing games and not playing hockey. It’s definitely a different experience. We’re looking forward to hopefully something getting done in the next couple weeks and playing some games and getting back to our normal routines.”