The Washington Times - November 3, 2011, 12:27PM

Jay Beagle remains in good spirits, and the good news doesn’t end there. The concussed Capitals forward hopes to take baseline tests Friday and get back on the ice.

“I feel great. I will be skating tomorrow.” he said Thursday. “Things are going great and we’re progressing and I’m looking forward to skating tomorrow.”

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Beagle hasn’t played or even skated since suffering a concussion Oct. 13 in a fight with Arron Asham.

But he said this experience hasn’t been frustrating and was openly talking in optimistic terms about trying to get back.

“Obviously you don’t want things to happen this early in the season,” he said. “But injuries happen, and that’s the game of hockey. I obviously try to stay positive and keep working hard.”

Beagle is listed as week-to-week and would likely need that much practice time before the team even considers putting him into a game.

“Once I can get on the ice, I think I’ll be ready to go, within hopefully a week,” he said. “I like to work hard, so once I can get out there, as soon as I’m ready and in shape, I’ll be ready to go.”

He wanted to go right away - basically as soon as he was stitched up in the third.

“First couple days I had a little bit of headaches, but I think if that happens you’re going to have that happen. It was only lasting 10 minutes and I was feeling good. Even the day after I came to practice and I was like, ‘OK, let’s practice.’ I was in the meetings, I watched video and then they pulled me aside and were like, ‘Hey, we’ve got to make sure this doesn’t turn into something a lot worse,’ ” Beagle said. “It’s just been trying to stay in shape in the gym and looking forward to skating.”

He understands the role of trainer Greg Smith in protecting him from himself.

“It’s not a broken bone where you can go, ‘Hey, it’s broken here, put a cast on it.’ So that’s why you’ve got to be cautious with those things and make sure that you’re feeling 100 percent before going back and doing anything,” he said. “You don’t want to have something else that triggers it and then you’re out for the season or a couple months. A couple weeks doesn’t seem like very long compared to a season or a couple months.”