Photo: Bill Wippert
Per Mike Vogel, the Caps have invited Derek Roy to training camp on a professional tryout basis. Roy is a 32-year-old center who, after spending much of his career in Buffalo, spent last season with Nashville and Edmonton.
Here are his career stats, courtesy of HockeyDB.
And here’s his HERO chart.
This moves makes sense for a couple of reasons. The first one is Roy, with Nick Backstrom‘s health still a question mark, provides another option at Center. Roy also provides more potential depth to the Caps bottom six, which took a hit this offseason with the loss of Eric Fehr and Joel Ward.
2014-15, Roy compared to Fehr and some Caps bottom-6 C option this season. X-axis rel shot attempt%, y-axis P/60. pic.twitter.com/jNhaGCz5WO
— Pat Holden (@pfholden) September 13, 2015
If Roy plays his way onto the team, which he very well could given the bottom-six options at the moment, the team will have to make room for his salary. But at the moment that’s not an issue as inviting him to camp on a PTO buys the team time should they decide to create cap space for Roy without any risk.
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