The Detroit Red Wings were ousted in the second round by the San Jose Sharks two years running.
While it doesn't signify a total shift in power in the West, it does mean the rest of the league is finally catching up to the Winged Wheel.
The Sharks are frighteningly young and it has been kids who probably just bought their first razor, like Logan Couture, spelling trouble for the Wings in the playoffs.
Even the non-playoff teams have the tools needed to do some damage in the coming seasons. I, for one, believe the St. Louis Blues are only a piece or two away from really surprising some people when it comes to the big show.
Nashville will do what they have always done: spend close to the cap floor, and get the most they can out of workmanlike players.
So what can Detroit do to remain among the League's finest, and again find itself back in the Stanley Cup Finals?
Here are five things the Red Wings need to do during this offseason to keep up with those around them who are gaining speed.