Jay Beagle took another step in his recovery from a concussion Friday when he skated for approximately 25 minutes with the rest of the Capitals for the morning skate.
It marked the first time since Beagle was knocked out by Arron Asham on Oct. 13 that he’s been on the ice with the main group and while he has not been cleared for contact yet, this is a move in a positive direction.
“I think I’m probably going to be staying at that level, about 20-25 minutes, for a couple days. Just to make sure because the last two days we bumped it up pretty significantly,” said the winger, who was welcomed back by a round of high-fives and cheers from his teammates when he scored a goal on his second shot in practice.
“I went from [skating] 15 minutes to 20 yesterday to 25 today and with the team,” he said. “It’s a little bit different on your head when you’re out there by yourself when it’s just you and there’s no distractions and then when you’re out there with the team it’s a little different. It’s fun I felt great and taking it as a positive.”
With each step in Beagle’s recovery, he and the Capitals’ staff monitor his heart rate and any sign of side effects. If he can maintain a steady exertion level without any ill effects for consecutive days, the Calgary native will be given the go-ahead to advance his workouts.
There is no timetable for when Beagle might be cleared for contact or return to the lineup.
“It’s just one of those things that we’ll have to talk to the doctors tonight, they’ll come up with a game plan and I’ll do as I’m told,” Beagle said. “If it’s me I’d want to play tonight. I want to play hockey and I love to play the game. It’s their job to delegate when I’m going to get on and when I’m going to be cleared for contact. I’m just going to keep doing what they tell me to do and trust in them. So far everything has been good.”