- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

MORE INJURIES — Five more Caps were sidelined with injuries, raising the man-games the team has lost through 16 games this season to 35. The club lost only 111 man-games through 82 games last season.

Rookie defenseman Steve Eminger, who missed two games with a concussion sustained against Philadelphia last week, returned to action. However, defenseman John Gruden joined the list of injured with something team officials refused to be specific about.

“He got hit late in the Los Angeles game [Monday night], and he still hasn’t shaken it off,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. The defenseman hasn’t skated in the last two days.

Left wing Matt Pettinger (concussion) is still out, as is backup goalie Sebastien Charpentier (arthritic hip), center Brian Sutherby (back strain) and center Michael Nylander.

‘ALL-TIME 30’ TEAM — Was Al Jensen the best goalie in the Caps’ first 10 years? Was Bobby Carpenter the best forward? Rick Green the best defenseman?

As part of the Caps’ 30th anniversary celebration, the team is creating all-decade teams from each of its first 10-year periods, with a ballot covering the first 10 years on the club’s Web site (washingtoncaps.com).

Fans get to choose six top players from each of the three decades. Those players will be named to the “Caps’ All-Time 30.” Twelve additional players will be selected to bring the all-time roster to 30.

Balloting for the first group ends Nov. 23, the second group Dec. 2, the third group Dec. 21.

The names of the final 30 will be announced in early January, with fans then picking a starting six. Fans attending the March 20 game against Atlanta will receive a commemorative poster.

Dave Fay

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