News and notes as the Capitals prepare to hit the ice for their final practice before starting the 2015-16 NHL season on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center (6 p.m. pregame, CSN):
Roy signs with Bern: Center Derek Roy, who signed a professional tryout contract with the Capitals and was cut from their training camp roster on Monday, has agreed to a one-year contract with SC Bern of the Swiss National League.
Roy, 32, played well in four preseason games with the Capitals, recording one goal and one assist, but with an undefined role as a 13th forward the Caps were declined to offer him a contract.
Roy will joining former Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim, 31, who signed with Bern on Wednesday.
Brouwer scores in debut: Former Caps right wing Troy Brouwer scored into an empty net with 17.4 seconds remaining in the St. Louis Blues’ 3-1 win over the Edmonton McDavids. Brouwer, who is wearing No. 36 for the Blues, logged 17:28 in ice time, including 1:56 on the power play and 1:28 on the penalty kill and recorded a tea-high five shots.
Meanwhile, former Caps right wing Joel Ward logged 18:29 of ice time in his season debut with the San Jose Sharks, a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Ward saw 3:52 on the power play and 3:21 on the penalty kill. He is still wearing No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.
Former Caps center Eric Fehr, meanwhile, sat out the Penguins’ season opening 3-0 loss to Dallas with an elbow injury.
Former Caps defenseman Mike Green will make his Detroit Red Wings debut tonight at home against Mike Babcock and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Brown skating: Caps right wing Chris Brown continues to skate with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish as he begins his recovery from what is believed to be a right hand or finger injury. … The Caps participated in a season ticket holder event at Six Flags America in Mitchellville, Md., on Thursday night. … Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen reported that his wife, Katie, and their newborn son, Charlie, are doing well. Charlie arrived over the weekend at 9 pounds and 21 ½ inches. He was named after Niskanen’s father, Charlie. … The Caps will conduct a red carpet event between 3 and 5 p.m. prior to Saturday night’s season opener. Players will take the red carpet outside the F Street entrance of Verizon Center. A live stream will be available from 4-5 p.m. on Monumental Network.