Now, it’s unclear how exactly Trotz and Co. will handle Thursday's pregame ceremony at PPG Paints Arena.
On Wednesday, Trotz indicated that he wanted to be respectful of the Penguins’ ceremony but that he also did not want his players standing around for nearly 30 minutes.
“There’s no way I’m going to have the guys sit out there for a half hour, or anything like that,” Trotz said after the Capitals’ practice in Arlington. “But we want to recognize what they’re doing. We will. I talked to the captains. We’ll do it in our way and be ready to go. We don’t want to be disrespectful in any way.”
The Penguins have asked fans to be in their seats by 7:45 for the start of the ceremony, which is set to begin at 7:55 and will feature a video tribute and individual player introductions. NBC Sports Network will carry the ceremony in its entirety. The opening faceoff is expected around 8:20.
In 2013, then-Capitals coach Adam Oates had his players wait in the visiting dressing room as the Blackhawks raised their banner at United Center. Trotz, however, wasn't tipping his hand, even after being pressed for details.
“We’ll keep that internal, what we’re going to do,” Trotz said. “Trust me, we’ll be keeping an eye on what they’re up to.”
Wherever the Caps watch the ceremony, Tom Wilson hopes that it stirs some emotion.
“It’s just more motivation,” he said. “It’s a long year, but it definitely adds a little more purpose to that first game.”