TSN Hockey Insider Aaron Ward has just tweeted (@aaronward_nhl) that the Los Angeles Kings have traded tough guy (and union representative) Kevin Westgarth to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Anthony Stewart as well as 4th- and 6th-round draft selections.


Toughness has been an Achilles’ hell for the Hurricanes and the addition of Westgarth should help the team a great deal in said department.


Last season for the Kings, Westgarth played in 25 games (all during the regular season) where he scored once and added an assist to go along with 39 penalty minutes.


Kevin Westgarth was a definitive fan favourite in Los Angeles and will be missed. However, with Anze Kopitar sidelined, the Kings needed an extra forward to fill the void and that’s where Anthony Stewart comes in.


While Kings fans aren’t very fond of his brother Chris who attempted to shush the Staples Center faithful last spring before his Blues fell to Los Angeles in the West semi-final, they will surely take a liking to Anthony who scored nine goals and added 11 assists in 77 games for the Hurricanes last season.


Drafted 25th overall by the Florida Panthers in 2003, Stewart, who just turned 28 last week, is very eager to be joining his new team. Only moments ago via his Twitter account (@EhStew13), Stewart wrote:


“Thankful for the opportunity to play for the defending Stanley Cup Champions #doigetaring


Stewart’s most productive season came in 2010-11 while a member of the Atlanta Thrashers where he scored 14 goals and added 25 assists in 80 games.


He may not be counted upon to score at will but Anthony Stewart adds some needed depth and as far as I’m concerned, whatever he contributes will be a bonus as this trade, with all due respect to Westgarth, was a bargain.


I wish the best of luck to Kevin Westgarth in Carolina and in the same breath, I welcome Anthony Stewart to Los Angeles.




Photo: Courtesy of Chris Seward - cseward@newsobserver.com