Well folks, the wait is almost over. The Capitals’ first official on-ice practice of 2011-12 is only hours away. While there may not be many open roster spots to be won, this year’s camp still has several intriguing questions about how Coach Bruce Boudreau will construct and manage the lineup.

On this training camp eve, check out my story on what some of those questions are and the tough decisions Boudreau will need to make with one of the deepest teams he’s had to work with during his tenure in Washington.

An excerpt follows and the full story can be found here.

The Washington Capitals enter training camp for the 2011-12 season with one of the most complete rosters they’ve had in recent memory. The Capitals are a little older and more experienced at every position, giving Coach Bruce Boudreau plenty of options for line combinations, defensive pairings and rotation in goal.

That flexibility, though, also brings a new set of challenges. With the team’s depth putting individual ice time at a premium and with seven players at least 30 years old, Boudreau will be managing egos as much as searching for successful lineups.

From divvying up ice time among defensemen to determining how many starts to give each goaltender and allocating responsibility among forwards, Boudreau will be juggling possibilities throughout training camp and the preseason.

“We’ve all got the same common goal,” Boudreau said, downplaying any concern. “We’re all going to do the right thing, so I wouldn’t believe that it should be any different in the past.”

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