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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 09/24/2010

Who ya got?: Capitals' open roster spots

As the Capitals prepare to head into their second preseason game Saturday against Nashville (which will be broadcast on AM 1500, I'm told) the fight for likely two open forward spots continues at a breakneck pace.

With 12 players under one-way contracts (not counting Michael Nylander) and the Capitals intending on using seven defensemen, it leaves room for two more skaters. One for the third-line center spot and another for something of a utility type player, assuming the team chooses to carry the league-maximum of 23 players. So now that everyone's fairly familiar with these players who do you have penciled in to these spots?

For centers there's elusive, speedy Mathieu Perreault, smooth skating Marcus Johansson, veteran AHLer Keith Aucoin and 19-year-old Cody Eakin. Certainly, team-quickness won't take a hit with any of these options.

Then for the other there's Coach Bruce Boudreau favorite and jack-of-all-trades Matt Hendricks, the seemingly NHL-ready Andrew Gordon or physical Jay Beagle.

Colleague Tracee Hamilton takes a look at how winning (in the playoffs) really is the only medicine for the Capitals this season as they try to exorcise the demons of disappointments past.

If somehow you managed to miss the news that the Capitals and Penguins will be featured on HBO's 24/7 we've got you covered. Check out the players' take, along with GM George McPhee's and Dan Steinberg answers all your burning questions.

Our deepest sympathies to the Kettler Capitals Iceplex family and the family of hockey director Brian St. Louis, who died yesterday at the rink.

Goaltending coach Arturs Irbe will be inducted to the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. (via @JapersRink)

Former Hershey Bear Alexandre Giroux, now trying to earn a spot in Edmonton, got in a fight last night during a preseason game against Vancouver. Yes, really. (via @brettleonhardt)

Another former player in the organization, Chris Bourque talks about the decision to play in the KHL and how he "got sick of constantly waiting for my chance and then being used to plug holes in the roster" in Washington. (Translation of a report via Russian Hockey Fans)

Peerless handicaps the upcoming season for Boyd Gordon.

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