Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 1/27/12

12 Jan 2002: Todd Richards of Encinitas, California, USA, soars in the halfpipe during the qualifying round of the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colorado. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images
It's a sad state of affairs in Columbus. The Blue Jackets' season was pretty much over at the All-Star break, and interim coach Todd Richards already was worried about keeping the players engaged and interested. "What I'm interested in seeing is if we are going to show up," Blue Jackets interim coach Todd Richards said before Tuesday's game vs. Tampa Bay. "Are we going to play the way we're capable of playing?" That's a bad sign, with 33 games remaining in the season. The Blue Jackets have been in 30th place in the NHL for all but 11 days since the start of the season. After Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Lightning, the Jackets are eight points behind 29th-place Edmonton, and they're a whopping 32 points behind fourth-place Chicago in the Central Division. The Jackets will be a team to watch in February, as they could be active in dumping large contracts or pending unrestricted free agents. The Columbus Dispatch reported on Sunday that the Blue Jackets plan to trade center Jeff Cart...
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