The Kings wasted no time in making a subtle tweak to their roster Sunday, trading tough guy Kevin Westgarth to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Anthony Stewart plus a fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft and a six-round selection in 2014. Westgarth played only 25 games last season and scored one goal and two points with 39 penalty minutes. Stewart had nine goals and 20 points plus 30 penalty minutes.
Westgarth has a home near the Hurricanes’ home in Raleigh, N.C.
“It’s good for ‘Westy,’ first off, and I didn’t know this until I talked to him (Sunday), but he has a home there,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. “There’s no better guys than guys you’ve won with. Ever. But it is about opportunity also, right? And fit. I’m happy for him. That’s awesome.”
Sutter said he didn’t know when Stewart might join the Kings.