If the Vancouver Canucks are really a playoff team, now is the time to show it.
Otherwise — and this is the much more likely scenario — it’ll be time to start selling.
Five points back of a wild-card spot, the Canucks haven’t even looked close to playoff-caliber in their last three games, all regulation losses. And their next six are all on the road, starting tonight in Nashville.
Which begs the question — will GM Jim Benning stand by his promise to not ask players to waive their no-trade clauses?
“We’re going to see where we’re at,” Benning told The Province ahead of the trip. “I’ll have individual conversations with those players and their agents, but we’re hoping we can stay in the fight. But it’s a tough trip.”
It sure is, with stops in Nashville, Columbus, Boston, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
In other words, health cannot be used an excuse if the losing streak continues. If the Canucks can’t overcome the absence of those three, they just aren’t good enough.