Each year, we talk about the NHL trade deadline in great detail with regard to players that are aging or are coming to the end of their contracts with their respective teams. These players, affectionately known as "Rent-a-Players," can often be the deciding factor in whether or not a team is a contender or a pretender.
While we generally associate them as being veteran talents, there is the other side of the NHL trade frenzy that involves the younger, less established stars of the league.
For these players, they are treading water in their current systems and can't seem to catch a break. An impending contract arbitration, the first chance to test unrestricted waters, or just lackluster play can contribute to any young gun becoming borrowed goods by late February.
If anything, these deals are some of the most outrageous, unbelievable trades that create the most buzz in the league. Phil Kessel to Toronto? The Great Chicago Fire Sale of 2010? The Revenge of Ville Leino?
Still stranger things have happened and could be on the horizon.
With that in mind, here are 10 NHL stars sorted in reverse order that could be on the bubble for their respective franchises. Say what you will (and I know you will) about the status of each within their franchises and how "no team could lose that player," but don't be surprised if some fall to the axe.
After all, anything can happen.