Beagle Blues: Fans React to the (Likely) Departure of Jay Beagle

jay-beagle-caps-ractice-signing-autographsWhile the Capitals have retained most of their pending free agents, there is at least one that will be leaving town. When news broke yesterday that longtime Capital and fan favorite Jay Beagle was expected to sign elsewhere, Capitals fans all over the DMV expressed their disappointment, frustrations, and best wishes. In this piece, NoVa Caps takes a look at some of the many reactions of fans, local media members, and others on the pending departure of Beagle.In his career with the Caps, Beagle played 471 games after working his way through the organization as an undrafted free agent. Beagle established himself as one of the league’s best faceoff men, and also as an extremely hard-working player, which made him a fan favorite. But what truly endeared himself to fans was his generosity and attitude off the ice. Beagle always took the time to sign autographs for every fan waiting outside Kettler Capitals Iceplex after practices and was also a favorite among local media members.

While the departure of any fan favorite is difficult for fans to digest, it is also something that happens often in today’s sports world, where a player staying with one team for his or her entire career is rare, with money and salary cap constraints limiting teams to what they can spend.

Below are a number of fan reactions to the news that Beagle is (likely) leaving town:

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While these are just several of many reactions to the loss of one of the Capitals’ most popular players, it is clear that no matter where he ends up, Beagle has the support of every Capitals fan in the DMV. And as many have said, Once A Capital, Always a Capital!

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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