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Capitals invite veteran Roy to camp on pro tryout

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Veteran center Derek Roy has been invited to Washington Capitals training camp on a professional tryout contract, the Capitals announced Sunday.

"I think he is a guy that as he has gotten older here you can move around too," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan told Monumental Network. "He can play the wing and fill in at center a little bit. I think he is going to be a versatile player. We'll put him in the lineup and we'll put him in different spots. If there is a chemistry there, we will pursue it."

Roy had 12 goals and 32 points in 72 games last season with the Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers.

A second-round pick (No. 32) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2001 NHL Draft, Roy scored at least 20 goals in four straight seasons from 2006-10 with Buffalo, including career-highs of 32 goals and 81 points in 2007-08.

Roy has 189 goals and 524 points in 738 games for the Sabres, Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Predators and Oilers. He provides insurance for the Capitals if center Nicklas Backstrom, who had offseason hip surgery, isn't ready to start the season.

"Inviting Derek was a way of covering ourselves maybe if we have to," MacLellan said. "We liked the way he played last year and maybe there is another spot besides [Backstrom's] spot that he can play in. I think it is a win-win for the player and for us. It might be a good fit. We'll see how it works and go from there."

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