According to Coach Barry Trotz, speaking Saturday at the 2015 Lightning Prospect Tournament in Estero, Fla., forwards like Michael Latta, Brooks Laich and Andre Burakovsky are all expected to work at both wing and center during the preseason, the partial product of center Nicklas Backstrom’s offseason hip surgery, which will likely keep the top-line anchor sidelined until at least the season-opener on Oct. 10.
“I don’t expect him to be playing in any of the exhibition games,” Trotz said. “I really don’t. If they tell me yes, then I’ll be happy.”
The Capitals are scheduled for their off-ice physical testing on Thursday and their first on-ice session of training camp the following afternoon. The nature of the PTO allows the Capitals to release him at any time without financial consequence or, if Roy impresses enough, to sign him to their squad via a standard contract.