Report: Jay Beagle Expected to Sign With the Vancouver Canucks on July 1

While the Capitals have been busy negotiating and signing many of their pending free agents, it appears there will be at least one that will be leaving D.C. Earlier in the week, it was reported that longtime Capital and pending unrestricted free ageny center Jay Beagle had drawn interest from the Vancouver Canucks. And now, it seems as though the popular Capital will be heading there come July 1.

Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Beagle is expected to sign a multi-year deal with the Canucks on July 1, the first official day of free agency. Despite interest from multiple teams, the Canucks are the frontrunners to land the Capitals’ longtime fourth-line center.

During his career with the Capitals, Beagle, who signed with the Capitals as an undrafted free agent, has played in 471 games, recording 116 points (51 goals, 65 assists), with a plus-11 rating. Beagle has established himself as one of the league’s best faceoff men, and has earned a reputation as an extremely hard-working player. While Beagle stated that he was willing to wait past July 1 for the Capitals to deal with their other free agents, the presence of younger, cheaper players such as Chandler Stephenson makes him a bit more expendable. By winning the Stanley Cup with the Capitals this past spring, Beagle became the first player to win a championship in the East Coast Hockey League, American Hockey League, and National Hockey League.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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13 Responses to Report: Jay Beagle Expected to Sign With the Vancouver Canucks on July 1

  1. Marie says:

    I can’t express how sad this makes me. He is one of my favorites. Hope Caps don’t regret this.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Feels like a gut punch. Maybe the reports are wrong.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Go Canucks Go !

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Best of luck to beagle a true professional and one of the hardest workers in the NHL. You will be missed. But will always be a capital forever!

  6. capsgirl517 says:

    So heartbroken… I hate the business side of sports. Good Luck to you Beags…you will always be a Capital in our hearts. #ALLCAPS #CAPSFAMILY

  7. Anonymous says:

    It is what it is

  8. Roberto says:

    I hope this is wrong because this is
    BULL CRAP!!!! $12 MIL in salary cap and couldn’t come to term… Some players are worth the loyalty!!! Beeeegz brought heart to this team & he has way more to offer than Stephenson does within these next 3 yrs Smh!!!!

  9. J says:

    This team will miss Beagle big time if true and I hope its not true, his near 60% face off god mark top 5 in nhl year in and out& shutdown bottom 6 ability, pk ability.
    Boyd&Stephenson may have speed and or playmaking ability Beagle never had but they wont have the priceless intangibles that he did(Faceoffs, pk god, defense that win championships)

  10. redLitYogi says:

    amazing that anyone can win an ECHL, AHL, and NHL contract. I wonder how many players even make it to the NHL from the ECHL? In the event, Beagle is the type of player that who’s value will rise b/c of the Cup run and so off he goes. Good luck to him in Vancouver, it looks like a good fit. He’ll be a solid pro, holding down the fourth line center position and being very useful on the PK. Surprised the Isles didn’t come looking into getting him with noted Beagle-ologist Trotz there. I don’t think the Nucks would be doing themselves or Beagle any favors if they try to move him up in the lineup…

    • redLitYogi says:

      Further thoughts: Beagle might very well make an excellent coach and/or front office guy when he decides to hang up the skates. Seems super smart and a student of the game. He can appreciate the qualities that make the great players great on the ice and he’ll know a little about how to navigate the eddies and whirlpools of ego that must be part of any pro locker room.

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