The Washington Times - November 7, 2011, 01:16PM

Welcome back, Jay Beagle?

Not quite yet, when it comes to game action, but Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau expects the concussed forward to skate with the team Tuesday.

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“He’s feeling really good about it. You know yourselves the whole concussion thing, the protocol, and it’s not his first one either. It’s taken a little bit more time,” Boudreau said. “But talking to him this morning, he feels great. He can’t wait to get back out, and he’s going to practice tomorrow morning.”

Beagle skated solo for the first time Friday, and Boudreau thought he skated one more time when the Caps weren’t around. He did “heavy” off-ice work with strength coach Mark Nemish Monday, Boudreau said.

Beagle, who suffered a concussion Oct. 13 in a fight with Arron Asham, said last week he was hopeful of making a speedy return once he starts working out.

“Once I can get on the ice, I think I’ll be ready to go, within hopefully a week,” he said Thursday. “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.”

Boudreau said the roster move of sending D.J. King to Hershey “has no bearing” on Beagle, noting that Beagle won’t be able to play at all this week.