L.A. Kings Trade Kevin Westgarth to Carolina Hurricanes for Anthony Stewart and Picks

“We have a trade to announce”

Kevin Westgarth, lovable enforcer, is off to Carolina in exchange for Chris Stewart’s brother, Anthony Stewart. The L.A. Kings also receive a 2013 4th round and 2014 6th round pick.

Anthony Stewart is a 28-year-old (DOB 1/5/85) right wing who weighs in at a thick 6’2″, 230 pounds. The Florida Panthers chose him in the first round (25th overall) in 2003. He has only been in the NHL for three seasons and with three different teams, Florida, Atlanta and Carolina. In 77 games with the Hurricanes last season, he put up 9 goals and 11 assists for 20 points.  He was a -2. He put up those numbers while only taking 64 shots, which I found interesting. That gives him a scoring percentage of .141. His scoring percentage has steadily increased the past three seasons from .036, .099 to the .141 of last season.

Of further interest is his playing time on the international stage:

He represented Canada in two World Junior Championships, 2004 and 2005. In 2004, Canada won silver and Anthony Stewart was tied for the tournament points lead. In 2005, Canada won gold.

He played in the 2003 IIHF World Under 18 Championship, in which he was the leading goal scorer for Team Canada.

He played twice in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge.

As for Westgarth, under Darryl Sutter, who unlike Terry Murray doesn’t appear to have an affinity for traditional enforcers, Kevin was the odd player out. He doesn’t bring enough offensive or defensive upside. He is not a particularly good skater. His fighting skills are above average. That is not to say I dislike Westgarth. I actually liked him very much but the “fit” simply wasn’t there, going forward. He was also one year older than Stewart. Kevin Westgarth’s offseason home is in Raleigh, North Carolina so that should make the transition easy on Westy as he goes easty.

Overall, on paper, this is a win for the L.A. Kings, especially with the picks. Whether Kevin’s absence from the locker room has an impact on team chemistry remains to be seen, although I don’t believe it will.

In short, a mid-80′s born, right wing, 3 year NHL pro enforcer, with good size and limited offensive output was traded for a mid-80′s born, right wing, 3 year NHL pro, with good size and better offensive upside. Darryl Sutter may say the similarities are similar but Stewart is a better skater, checker and, if he plants his body in front of the net, could fit in nicely on the 4th line. Like Westgarth, Stewart will drop the gloves. The only question with Stewart is his work ethic.

He had a hat trick against the Ducks so that is fun…

In some respects, I look at Anthony Stewart like a low risk, mid-reward move. Dean Lombardi loves players who perform on the big stage. Stewart is pretty far removed from those days by this point and it certainly has not translated to great NHL success but Lombardi may look at him as an underachieving player with potential, still in his prime and, with Sutter’s more aggressive forechecking style, Stewart could find a home in a depth role, depending on what the Kings do with a player like Brad Richardson.

GO KINGS!



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15 replies

  1. I guess Westy’s in-game promo commercial making skills were no longer required.

  2. I don’t understand this trade at all. I fail to see a downside for us, seems like Carolina got fleeced. At worst, this guy has bad work ethic so we bench him and got two picks (low as they may be) for a player we don’t use anyway. At best, Sutter really shapes this guy up and we have a high performing reliable 4th liner (and we still got the picks). I’ll miss Westie, but as a player he really didn’t add any value to our team.

  3. So does this mean Nolan will stay in Manchester? And will we who will get sent down or traded when kopi comes back?

  4. Deal could pay off too in case of scratches and IRL. Westgarth had good value with Cup resume. The team is well stocked and with condensed schedule looks like this can help with fresh legs.

  5. Westy wasn’t the best fighter, but he had heart. His offensive and defensive lacks have been well documented here, so I won’t get into that. It seems to me that the Kings got the better end of the trade. I think that if any coach can cure a players lack of work ethic, it would be Sutter. He will be frank with the guy, and that should help him, if he’s got it in him. I like the deal.

  6. As for Westgarth, under Darryl Sutter, who unlike Terry Murray doesn’t appear to have an affinity for traditional enforcers, Kevin was the odd player out.

    … Westgarth only became the odd man out after the Kings went and acquired that Jeff Carter guy.

    Darryl Sutter may say the similarities are similar but Stewart is a better skater, checker and, if he plants his body in front of the net, could fit in nicely on the 4th line.

    … I don’t see Stewart dislodging Clifford or Nolan, and Fraser’s the Coach’s Son, so frankly I can’t understand where he would fit. Stewart’s a bad player, and judging by Lombardi’s past, I’d have to think that he’s far more happy with securing the picks.

  7. Definitely happy with this trade, but I will be sad to see Westie go. He seems like a great guy, very intelligent, and an absolute team player.

    I don’t see a downside to the trade at all. I hope Westgarth isn’t too bummed about moving to Raleigh!

  8. Holy shit! I can’t believe Dean got all that for a middle of the line enforcer. To me, Weatgarth was worth no more than a 6th tops. Dean got an NHL player + 4th + 6th for fucking Westgarth! Unfucking believable. Dean took them to the cleaners. Only question is where this scumbag Stewart will play. You’ve already got Fraser, Nolan, Clifford, back there. I know for a fact he wont be taking one of their spots. He doesnt scrap either.

  9. Good trade. Sad to see Westy go but pretty hard to find a down-side here…

  10. Damn I’m going to miss that big goofy smile.

  11. My friend and I always made fun of him for clapping on his way to the penalty box after a fight.

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