NHL Trade Rumors: Tracking Latest News on This Season's Biggest Targets

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2013

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 30: Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks stretches out a pad to make a save against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period in NHL action on January 30, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NHL season might not be that old, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from going into full swing.

With the shortened season, the window will close fast for the teams looking to make a move before the April 3 trade deadline.

Here's some of the latest news on three of the biggest rumors as this point in the year.


Roberto Luongo Isn't Going to Washington Just Yet

Coming into the season, it felt like only a matter of time before Roberto Luongo would be headed for a new destination. Then on Jan. 21, Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis told Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun that the team had a trade partner lined up for Luongo.

Here we are on Feb. 5 and Luongo remains a member of the Canucks.

Eliminating one possible destination, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post wrote on Twitter that the Washington Capitals are not one of the teams interested at this stage:

If Vancouver was to move Luongo, now might be the time to get great value. He was just named third star for this past week (h/t NHL.com). Luongo had a 2-0-1 record with a .963 save percentage and 0.95 goals-against average.


Jarome Iginla Is Rumored to the Flyers. What Else is New?

This seems to have become an annual tradition. Jarome Iginla is the subject of trade rumors which put him with the Philadelphia Flyers.

That's not to say that the move doesn't make sense, as Tim Panaccio of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia tweeted:

Panaccio wrote that in in order to acquire Iginla, the Flyers would likely have part with Scott Laughton.

The 35-year-old Iginla has yet to score a goal this season but has four assists. He still has a lot left in the tank and would be an upgrade to a Flyers team that is averaging the 25th-best goals per game, at 2.33.

In order to get out of the Eastern Conference cellar, Philadelphia needs to add some offensive talent.


Could Stephen Weiss Be Another Target for the Flyers?

The Flyers could move in a different direction in order to solve their goal-scoring dilemma. Stephen Weiss of the Florida Panthers is another name that has been thrown around.

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News breaks down the situation very well:

Weiss, 29, is a consistent 60-point scorer. He is affordable: With a pro-rated $3.1 million cap hit, the Flyers wouldn't need to move any pieces to fit him under the limit. He's also due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, making him an attractive rental like Kris Versteeg (now with Florida) became for the Flyers.

The only catch is that Weiss has already said that he would like to remain in Florida for the duration of his career. He was the fourth overall pick there in 2001, finally making his first playoff appearance with the Panthers last year (five points in seven games) after 637 career games.

Weiss, while not as established a goal scorer as Iginla, would be a very good option nonetheless. His expiring contract might be an issue, though, if the Flyers want to look toward the longer term.

There hasn't been much lately regarding Weiss and Philadelphia, but this will be one to watch out for in the coming months.