Barring a miraculous comeback, the Vancouver Canucks will exit the NHL playoffs during the first round.
That could trigger serious changes in the Pacific Northwest.
The Canucks sent off warning flares while losing their first three games to the San Jose Sharks, including a 5-2 debacle Sunday.
Could a move or two vault this squad back to Stanley Cup contention? Or has the time come to start a more serious makeover?
Coach Alain Vigneault has to be on the hot seat, although general manager Mike Gillis is taking much heat for failing to add secondary scoring and eliminate his Roberto Luongo Predicament.
Ryan Kesler is a heart and soul guy, but he appears to be playing hurt. And the rest of that roster appears to be bereft of Braveheart material.
Frank Corrado is a promising young defenseman. But the Canucks don’t have much promising young forwerd talent in their pipeline, which is disconcerting given the advancing age of the Sedin Twins.
The franchise doesn’t have a lot of obvious trade assets, beyond goaltender Cory Schneider, top offenseman Alexander Edler and agitating winger Alexandre Burrows.
So Vancouver Province Tony Gallagher even suggested what was once unthinkable: Trading Henrik and Daniel Sedin at some point next season to get a head start on life without them.