Blue Jackets tune up while waiting

Updated: January 12, 2013, 5:33 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The waiting has been the hardest part for Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.

"It's the Christmas morning that I remember when I was a young kid, 10 or 12 years old," Richards said of the arrival of the NHL season. "I'm excited."

The NHL and the union agreed last weekend to the framework for a labor contract and worked to put the deal in writing. The players ratified the deal on Saturday, three days after owners unanimously approved the contract.

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