With the countdown to the 2013 NHL trade deadline approaching the 48-hour milestone, 30 general managers sit in leather armchairs, cell phones in hand and tablets in laps, waiting for the levees to break on a much-anticipated flurry of activity.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and GM Ray Shero have been busier than a squirrel preparing for winter, acquiring Brendan Morrow, Douglas Murray and Jarome Iginla in a surreal four-day stretch.
The rest of the league, however, has resembled a hibernating bear. Disregarding those Pittsburgh deals, only three NHL players have switched teams over the past three weeks.
That odd quiet is bound to snap at some point, though, and it will surely snap in dramatic fashion.
When the unspoken moratorium ends and all hell finally breaks loose, which players and which trades will go down first? A breakdown of the latest reports of rumors about four of the league's hottest targets follows on the coming slides.