Updates on the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild.

Changes coming for the Blue Jackets?

Changes could be coming for the struggling Blue Jackets.

Changes could be coming for the struggling Blue Jackets.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Shawn Mitchell believes the Blue Jackets 0-6-0 start to this season “has left the coach Todd Richards walking a fine line and made an early-season roster shakeup a very real possibility.” Richards told Mitchell he’s received no personal reassurances from management about his status, though before the game, GM Jarmo Kekalainen claimed he had a good working relationship with his coach. Kekalainen also declined to speculate on the future of his players or coaches.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kekalainen is probably getting plenty of calls from rival general managers keen to “help” him with some veteran players at the cost of one or two promising young players. While a trade is always possible, Kekalainen will have to get creative to get a return that  helps his team and fits into his budget. The Jackets currently have $2.593 million in cap space, which doesn’t leave Kekalainen much wiggle room. That’s why I think a coaching change is more likely than a trade.

Flyers’ Simmonds attracts attention.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa repots “GMs went on the alert after Wayne Simmonds played only 8:41 in Philadelphia’s 1-0 win over Florida on Monday,” noting the winger skated on the Flyers’ third line. However, Simmonds played the following game on their second line and had a better performance. While the Flyers need to clear cap space, Shinzawa believes Simmonds’ contract ($3.975 million through 2019) is one GM Ron Hextall doesn’t want to move.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Little-used defenseman Luke Schenn ($3.6 million cap hit and a UFA in July) or fading forward Vincent Lecavalier ($4.5 million through 2018) are more likely trade candidates than Simmonds. He’s not going anywhere this season.

Backstrom to Buffalo not likely to happen.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo notes a common question from Wild fans lately is whether GM Chuck Fletcher can peddle veteran goalie Niklas Backstrom to the Buffalo Sabres, who lost starter Robin Lehner six-to-eight weeks to a high-ankle sprain. Russo doubts that’ll happen, believing the Sabres could pursue younger, more affordable options.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Backstrom would also have to waive his no-movement clause to make such a deal happen.