The nature of professional sports boils down to one simple, harsh truth: what have you done for me lately?
Fortunately for superstar players who've built up enough equity and cache with fans, they can withstand some (if not all) of the backlash associated with a slump or even a slump that turns into a lost season.
Yet, at some point, being a fan favorite or the franchise's talisman isn't enough to shield a star from public criticism, making increased performance the only requirement for being ingratiated with a fanbase or critics once again.
Even worse are off the ice issues, such as criminal actions or contract disputes in terms of degrading a player's image. These character blemishes take time to mend, but again, on-ice contribution is typically a quick-healing tonic for fans.
With these maxims in mind, here is a short list of NHL superstars whose reputations changed significantly during the truncated 2013 season.