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Capitals sign Beagle to three-year deal

Thursday, 07.05.2012 / 7:02 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

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Capitals sign Beagle to three-year deal

Forward Jay Beagle has agreed to a new three-year contract with the Washington Capitals, the team announced Thursday.

In 2011-12, Beagle set career highs with four goals and five points in 41 games played. Perhaps more pivotal than his scoring, however, was Beagle's performance in the faceoff circle, where he won 57.7 percent of his draws last season, the second-best percentage on the team. Beagle was credited with 66 hits and 23 blocked shots.

Beagle saw his role expand significantly during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as his average ice time of 18:25 per game ranked sixth among forwards on the team after averaging 11:51 of ice time during the regular season. Beagle finished the playoffs with one goal, one assist and 25 hits.

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