The Vancouver Canucks’ second-straight first-round exit has certainly got people thinking that change is coming.

Does Mike Gillis turf Alain Vigneault as coach?

Does ownership part ways with Gillis as general manager?

Are they both gone?

Here are suggestions of possible replacements for Vigneault. Some, of course, are more logical than others.

And head to our White Towel blog, at, where we serve up five possible replacements for Gillis.

Scott Arniel

Where he is now: Guided the Chicago Wolves, the Canucks’ AHL affiliate, to a 37-30-5-4 regular season record. They missed the playoffs by six points.

In his favour: Arniel, 50, has worked in the Vancouver system, both with the Chicago and at the helm of the Manitoba Moose. He guided Manitoba to a spot in the AHL final in 2008-09, with a team led by Cory Schneider. He worked as an assistant under Lindy Ruff in Buffalo and is said to be a fitness fiend. Arniel, a left-winger by trade in his playing days, also suited up for 730 NHL regular season games.

Against the odds: Was in the NHL as recently as 2011-12, and had a combined 45-60-18 record with the Columbus Blue Jackets over a season and a half. In 2010-11, Columbus was 26th in goals against and 29th in power play.

Dallas Eakins

Where he is now: Guided the Toronto Marlies to a 43-23-3-7 record, good enough for second spot in the AHL’s Western Conference regular season. Currently in the playoffs.

In his favour: Led the Marlies to the AHL championship series last season, with a team featuring up-and-coming Maple Leafs Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner. Eakins, 46, played 120 NHL regular season games and the defenceman lasted in the minors until 2003-04. That campaign he was a teammate of both Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieska with Manitoba. As well, he’s looked upon as a communicator and player’s guy; he even has 16,000 followers on Twitter, so there’s a new-school approach to him.

Against the odds: Eakins has been tagged a defensive-minded guy. Will that work with Vancouver fans?

Lindy Ruff

Where he is now: He was coach of the Buffalo Sabres from July 21, 1997, until Feb. 20, 2013. He was fired then, with Ron Rolston assuming the helm. The Sabres were 571-432-78-84 in the regular season during Ruff’s tenure.

In his favour: Did you read the above sentence about 500-plus wins? He also played 691 NHL regular season games, splitting time between left wing and defence.

Against the odds: The hard-nosed Ruff, 53, will be on many teams’ radars. Will Vancouver get into a bidding war? Do the Canucks need a tough guy as their next coach?

John Hynes

Where he is now: Guided the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 42-30-2-2 record, which was good enough for fifth spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference regular season. They’re currently in the playoffs.

In his favour: Vancouver ownership has prided itself on being ahead of the curve and Hynes, 37, would seem to be one of those guys. He’s in his third season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton but, prior to that, he worked for six seasons as head coach of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Among his proteges were first overall draft picks Erik Johnson and Patrick Kane.

Against the odds: Can you have a young newcomer like that take over your team in a hockey town?