NHL Trade Rumors: Jarome Iginla and Veteran Stars Who Could Be Dealt

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2011

CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 01:  Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Scotiabank Saddledome on December 1, 2011 in Calgary, Canada. The Blue Jackets defeated the Flames 4-3 in the shootout.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla is one of several veteran players who could be dealt before the NHL trading deadline in February.

Veterans are often rumored in possible trades because they are experienced talents, and they are running out of chances to win the Stanley Cup such as Iginla.

Let's look at three veterans who could have new homes before the deadline passes.


Jarome Iginla

The Calgary Flames need to rebuild their roster and trading star winger Jarome Iginla would be an effective way to start that process.

Iginla is still a top power forward and there are many teams that could use him. He would be a great fit with the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, but he won't land with those teams if the Flames decide to not trade their star.

Iginla deserves a shot at winning the Stanley Cup more than any other player in the NHL, and he won't ever win one with the Flames.

Calgary owes it to Iginla to move him to a contender.


Zach Parise

New Jersey Devils fans need to realize it's quite unlikely that captain Zach Parise will sign an extension with the team before the summer, and it's almost certain he will test the free-agent market.

Parise is a superstar talent who can make a ton of money and have a chance to contend for the Stanley Cup yearly with another team.

The Devils aren't going to win the Cup anytime soon, and with the team paying Ilya Kovalchuk a ton of money for many more years, they won't have much salary cap flexibility moving forward.

New Jersey's best way to handle this situation is to trade Parise and build a roster of young talent that can compete for a championship in the future.


Shea Weber

The Nashville Predators have to re-sign star defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter this summer, and it's likely they won't be able to bring both stars back for next season.

Weber would bring in the largest return for the Predators, and the Philadelphia Flyers are a perfect trade partner.

The Flyers need a defenseman since Chris Pronger was ruled out for the season due to a concussion, and they could be looking to deal for someone like Weber.

The Predators have defensive depth that the Flyers could use and Philly has offensive depth Nashville could use. It's a classic situation where each team has exactly what the other needs.

Regardless of who they trade Weber to, doing so is a must for the Predators because they cannot afford to let him walk in free agency after the season.