Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Calgary Flames' Trade for Westgarth Should Bolster Team's Toughness

The Calgary Flames need to get tougher.  That was the message from interim GM and Team President Brian Burke.  As quoted in the Calgary Herald recently, Burke stated:
“I don’t like the way we’ve been pushed around.....And having one guy that’ll answer the bell? That’s not enough in our league."
 So, to that end, the Flames made a trade, the last one of 2013, with the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Kevin Westgarth.  The big Princeton graduate began his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings, and in his second campaign with the black and silver (and purple), racked up a hefty 105 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games.  Westgarth will not hesitate to drop the gloves for his teammates as seen on hockeyfights.com.

While the Hurricanes gave up an enforcer in Westgarth, they gained a skilled forward with heaps of potential.  Greg Nemisz willl join the Carolina Hurricanes' organization in the deal.  He was selected in the first round of the 2008 NHL entry draft by the Flames out of the OHL, and has spent much of the past few seasons with the Abbotsford Heat in the AHL.  He has racked up 48 regular season points with the Heat over the past three seasons, and certainly has a scorer's touch as seen in this video of a 2010 IIHF World Junior goal.  

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