Kevin Westgarth trade: Flames acquire enforcer from Hurricanes

Justin K. Aller

The Calgary Flames have acquired some muscle, getting Kevin Westgarth from the Carolina Hurricanes.

When the Calgary Flames fired general manager Jay Feaster earlier this month, president of hockey operations Brian Burke talked about wanting the team to be bigger, tougher and more hostile.

"I don't like playing flag football," Burke said at the time. "I like teams that bang."

Based on that, it should be no surprise that one of the team's first trades in the post-Feaster era was to acquire 6'5, 240 point enforcer Kevin Westgarth from the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night. In exchange for Westgarth the Flames sent forward Greg Nemisz to the Hurricanes.

Nemisz, a former first-round draft pick by the Flames in 2008, has appeared in just 15 NHL games and recorded one assist. He's been playing for the Flames' AHL team in Abbotsford this season and has five goals and four assists in 32 games.

According to TSN's Darren Dreger the Hurricanes needed to move a contract, and there seems to be more trade talk around the team.

Westgarth has played in 12 games this season, logging just 59 minutes, and failed to record a point. In 133 career games Westgarth has scored three goals to go with six assists while recording 202 penalty minutes.

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