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We have a trade to announce: L.A. sends Westgarth to Carolina for Stewart, picks

Jan 13, 2013, 12:33 PM EST

Paul Bissonnette, Kevin Westgarth AP

Kevin Westgarth was a Stanley Cup champion with Los Angeles last season who turned into a labor champion during the lockout. Now he’s headed to Carolina in a trade.

The Kings send Westgarth to the Hurricanes in exchange for forward Anthony Stewart, a 2013 fourth-round pick and a 2014 sixth-round pick.

During the work stoppage, Westgarth spent his time away from labor talks working out and practicing with local players in Raleigh. Now he’ll give Carolina a tough guy on their fourth line they could really use. In 25 games with L.A. last season, Westgarth had one goal, one assist and 39 penalty minutes.

In Stewart, the Kings get a speedy and tough depth forward capable of potting a few goals. He scored nine goals and added 11 assists last season for the Hurricanes.

Two seasons ago with the Atlanta Thrashers, he had a career-high 14 goals and 25 assists. If he can replicate that with the Kings, they’ll be ecstatic. Also, hey, the man would like some hardware.

  1. broadstbully33 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Gross over payment for a 4th liner

    • danphipps01 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Which one? They’re both 12th-13th forwards on any team with good forward depth. =/

      • killerpgh - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        And then you add in 2 draft picks is what makes it a lopsided trade.

  2. surfoside4life - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    westgarth was an enforcer out there im sad to see him go so this new guy better step up

    • capitals13 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      As a former Thrashers fan, I can promise you he won’t.

    • letsgopens8771 - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Kings made out like bandits in this trade. Sure, Westgarth is a good tough guy, but Anthony Stewart adds balance offensively as a complement to his strong hitting game. Sure, it will be interesting to see what Westgarth can do for the Canes, but I think that with Stewart and a couple draft picks, The kings just added fuel to their own fire in terms of young talent and grit. Perfect combo, and I think now that Stewart is put on a good team, he may actually start to put up good numbers offensively.

  3. adambballn - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    • odj810 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      the only time scott plays this year is when they play the bruins

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        In the Stanley Cup? Otherwise they won’t see each other.

      • bhawksrule - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        John Scott is on the Sabres , smarty pants.
        So yes they will play each other

  4. kingfooj - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Clifford makes westgarth unneeded, KC may not win all his fights but hes younger and can contribute moderately offensively

  5. hawkeyplayer - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    I THOUGHT westgarth was their enforcer?

  6. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    “smarty pants” ..?

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