You can make a case the Columbus Blue Jackets are lost at sea without anyone to steer the ship.

The team is currently at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with just three wins on the season, and have yet to name a captain.

It’s possible they may not name a replacement for the departed Rick Nash before the year is up.

“There are so many responsibilities with being a captain and that’s why you have to get the right guy,” said Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards. “He’s got accept that role and that responsibility. He’s not only the leader of your team in the room, he’s got to be the leader of your team outside of your room in the public, out with fans and events and those types of things. To me there is a huge, huge responsibility that goes with that.”

The Blue Jackets have been rotating their assistant captains this season, with Brandon Dubinsky, James Wisniewski and Vinny Prospal taking on the roles Sunday in a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

“Eventually I want to get to a point where we have just three guys with the A,” said Richards. “It’s something that we’re getting close to, getting some permanent A on jerseys. We’ve brought in a lot of new players and I want to see how our locker room would shape up.”

And as far as a captain is concerned, the Blue Jackets have no qualms waiting.

“You can’t rush this decision and pick the wrong guy,” Richards said. “Then it becomes more of an issue.”

If the shoe fits …

Eric Belanger was finally able to put on a pair of his own shoes on Saturday, then stuff his foot into a skate on Sunday.

The Oilers centre was back in the lineup against the Blue Jackets after damaging some toes taking a puck off the foot in Colorado just over a week ago. Belanger toes were so swollen, he had to borrow a shoe from Oilers video coordinator Myles Fee, who wears a size 15 shoe.

“I was able to put on my shoe (Friday), I don’t know if was the best decision, but I was getting tired of wearing Myles shoe,” laughed Belanger.