The NHL season is heading towards the mid-point of the 2011-12 season, and for several teams it is time to look at the future, and that could mean trading veterans and rebuilding with youth. Here is a closer look at some big name stars who could find themselves traded before the deadline.
Zach Parise of New Jersey has a shaky relationship with the team and their front office, but the star forward continues to produce, and that could help the Devils acquire even more prospects for his services. Parise has been clear he wants out, but New Jersey is asking for too much in return at the moment, so look for a deal closer to the NHL trade deadline as the team won't risk losing him for nothing in return.
Jeff Carter was acquired by Columbus to make the Blue Jackets a playoff contender, but the team is struggling, and he could change teams in the near future. Carter is a terrific offensive player and could help a young team on and off the ice, making him a valuable asset for Columbus as the trade deadline approaches.
Vancouver has two terrific goalies in veteran Roberto Luongo and youngster Cory Schneider, and it looks as if one of the two will be playing for a different team at some point this season. Luongo is the likely player on the outs as he has yet to deliver a Stanley Cup, and his age and contract would make for a better trade for the Canucks.
With several younger teams in the NHL playoff race, teams could look to add these veterans to make the post-season. Look for several deals before the trade deadline as teams look to make improvements on the ice and in the locker room.