Time waits for no man, not even NHL superstars.
With the 2012-13 NHL season slowly slipping away due to the lockout, one has to begin to wonder if we will see any hockey before October 2013—and while we ponder that, it's not that hard to start thinking in terms of what-ifs.
What if we lose the season? What if the lockout drags far into next summer? What if we have seen the last of certain NHL stars?
Potentially losing the final year of an NHL career to a lockout is a depressing scenario, but it is also something that may happen to some players.
What follows are five big-name players who we may never see on an NHL ice surface ever again if the lockout lasts the entire 2012-13 season.