Any time a player takes the ice, he is putting his reputation on the line. One great effort can open eyes around the NHL, while a player who mails in his game can ruin his reputation with one bad effort.
So, in some ways, a player's legacy is always on the line.
However, there are certain players that appear to be in a more critical position than others in 2013.
Roberto Luongo is one of those players. He has been on the trading block since the end of the 2012 playoffs, but Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis has not yet moved him.
Instead of falling apart with the knowledge that he has been demoted, Luongo has been stellar this season. He's rebuilding his legacy and his reputation.
Here are six other players who are having impactful and legacy-changing seasons this year.