It is now Wednesday, Sept. 26; the 11th day of the 2012 NHL lockout and just 15 days shy of the original start of the regular season.
In anticipation of an extended lockout, numerous players have signed contracts in Europe to stay in shape and earn some money while Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr compare egos.
The bigger names include Rick Nash and Joe Thornton in Switzerland, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin in Russia, Anze Kopitar in Sweden and Erik Karlsson in Finland, with a long list to follow.
Those on the Vancouver Canucks, however, have elected to stay in North America for the time being.
If the lockout does continue, with negotiations going south, the following are the five most likely Canucks to ink a contract in Europe.