Top potential RFAs through 2015

Gabriel Landeskog would be just one young star to hit the open market as he's entering his prime. Michael Martin/NHLI/Getty Images

With the lockout lingering and federal mediation unable to provide a remedy, murmurs that the NHL Players' Association might decertify have grown louder. Such a move might plunge the negotiations into chaos (or provide an expedited agreement), but should the players go through with the decertification, there is a distinct possibility that the NHL as we know it would be drastically altered.