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Jay Beagle and his two mortgages need the season to start

Dec 18, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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Jay Beagle never thought it would come to this.

In fact, the gritty Capitals forward (and Dale Hunter favorite) was so confident there wouldn’t be a lockout that he and his wife recently bought a second house.

“I thought because hockey was getting so popular, the HBO thing, the fan bases, the Winter Classic… especially in the U.S. with people getting so excited about the sport,” Beagle told CSNWashington.com last week.

“So I honestly didn’t think the owners would lock us out. I didn’t think it was going to come to that…I thought the season was going to start on time.”

Beagle and his wife, a nurse, aren’t exactly crying poor, but nor are they in a position to hold out forever.

“We’re doing fine but obviously it’s not ideal to buy a house because now we have a house back home (in Calgary) too that we bought a couple years ago. Two mortgages on one salary now. It’ll get tight eventually so we need the season to start,” he said.

The undrafted 27-year-old signed a three-year, $2.7 million contract this summer.

Be nice to earn some of it probably.

Related: Consider for a moment Dale Weise

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