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“We’ve got it pretty dialed in,” he said, “with nutrition and sleep and recovery and pushing yourself to that limit where you don’t like to be and then coming back the next day and doing it all over again.”

Each day this summer presented a chance for Saville to tweak aspects of training based on how Beagle and Alzner responded. But recovery was such a centerpiece, from a nutritional standpoint and more, because Beagle is known to push himself to the extreme.

“Definitely a sight to see watching him train. He’s worked so hard,” Alzner said. “There’s times where he finishes — let’s say we’re rowing on the row machine and he finishes 1,000 meters and he gets up off the rower just dead tired, opens the door and he’ll start gagging outside because he’s going so hard.”

Beagle also spent the summer doing power skating and shooting a lot of pucks because, as he said, he wants to score, too. But he expressed appreciation to Saville for enabling him to get the “full maximum potential” out of offseason training.

And it paid off when Boudreau announced Tuesday that the guys left made the team to start the season. Beagle called it a great feeling but noted it was just the start — he and Saville will communicate during the season as in years past as he keeps working on his conditioning and his game, this time with Caps coaches such as Mark Nemish.

But he credited working with Saville for getting over the hump and becoming a full-time NHL player.

“I know all I have to do is show up and work hard, and he’s got the rest figured out,” Beagle said. “It’s a good feeling, and working out with Steve has made me the player that I am today.”

And a player his teammates are happy to see is around for the long haul.

“It’s outstanding. He’s a tremendous guy on and off the ice, he works hard,” linemate Matt Hendricks said. “He’s a genuinely good kid, and he deserves it. He’s put in all the work and all the effort and extra hours to get where he’s gotten.”