The Washington Capitals have signed veteran free agent center Derek Roy to a professional tryout offer.
When Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan let veteran 3rd line Center Eric Fehr walk away from the team during the off-season free-agency period, he did so with a couple of ideas going on for a Plan B. He knew that the team needed a strong candidate going into training camp for the 3rd line Center spot. He knew that it would need to be an affordable option if it had to come from outside the team’s extended roster.
Per Mike Vogel of WashingtonCaps.com, the team might be looking to make a few more tweaks to the roster going into the new season.
#Caps have invited C Derek Roy to training camp on a professional tryout basis. Will report to camp later this week.
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) September 13, 2015
As we know now, Fehr signed with the Penguins and there are several different speculations about what the 3rd line might look like. 32-year old Center Derek Roy could be another affordable option.
At a salary of $1 million last season, Roy could realistically fit into the Washington Capitals roster if the desire of the coaching staff and Front office were there. As MacLellan told the Washington Post:
“I think we’re going to let it play out. We could address it internally, the third-line center spot, and also depending on how the contract situation plays itself out, there’s a couple options in the free agency market that we see, and we’ll explore the trade market up until training camp. There might be something in that venue.”
Derek Roy was drafted in the 2nd Round (32nd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres and played the role of a responsible 2-way, hard-charging forward until 2012, when he was traded. Roy bounced around for the last several seasons in the NHL, but has accumulated 49 Playoffs games during his span. He’s picked up 7 Goals and tallied 20 Assists in the post-season thus.
He could find a home in the Barry Trotz system of hockey as he’s not afraid to go into high-traffic scoring areas and has been stingy on the puck while playing through the defense and neutral zones. For now, Derek Roy makes an interesting addition to watch as the Washington Capitals make preparations for the 2015-2016 NHL season.
For those looking to do some evaluating, here are a few of his highlights from earlier in his career with the Buffalo Sabres. The jubilant color commentary from Buffalo’s broadcast announcer is just an added bonus.
What do you guys think? Could Roy find himself as a permanent add to the Washington Capitals roster? Stay tuned to Stars and Sticks to see how this might all pan out.