Dec 9, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth (8) defends against Vancouver Canucks forward Brad Richardson (15) during the second period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Trade Kevin Westgarth To Calgary For Greg Nemisz


The Carolina Hurricanes made a small move with future intentions tonight as they traded Kevin Westgarth to the Calgary Flames for forward Greg Nemisz.

Nemisz has only played 15 games in the NHL, recording one assist. He was the 25th pick in the 2008 Draft and is signed to the end of the season. He is reporting to the Charlotte Checkers.

Westgarth only played 43 games with the Canes in his one-plus seasons here, but had the ire of fans because of being only a fighter and not bringing much else to the table. He appeared in 12 games this season, recording four penalty minutes.

Nemisz has had some success in the AHL this season with 33 and 29 points in two different seasons. If the Hurricanes ever needed, he could be a replacement for an injured player, but is likely below Chris Terry on the depth chart.

Westgarth seemed to be a player favorite in the locker room, but couldn’t do too much on the ice. This move likely won’t have too much of an effect on the Hurricanes’ team.

But the most important part of the trade is now the Hurricanes have one less contract spot on their NHL roster, which means they can add another player, most likely through trade.

According to Darren Dreger, this night may just be getting started for the Hurricanes:

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