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Canes trade Westgarth to Calgary for Nemisz

Posted December 30, 2013

Carolina Hurricanes right wing Kevin Westgarth (8) and Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7) throw punches during the Hurricanes vs Panthers game on March 19, 2013  in Raleigh North Carolina. (Photos By Anthony Barham)

The Carolina Hurricanes, seeking a revival to their season, traded Kevin Westgarth to Calgary Monday in exchange for Greg Nemisz.

Nemisz, 23, is a former first-round draft pick of the Calgary Flames and made his NHL debut in 2011. A forward, he has skated in just 15 games at the NHL level, recording one assist. He also played for Team Canada in the 2010 World Junior Championship where he scored one goal in six contests.

The Canes said Monday that Nemisz will report to Charlotte to play with the Checkers of the AHL.

“Greg is a young player and a former first-round pick that we hope will continue to develop into a solid NHL player,” said Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford. “We thank Kevin for his time with the Hurricanes and wish him well.”

In 32 games this season with Abbotsford, Nemisz has tallied nine points (four goals) while skating at a plus-5. Two of his goals have come on the power play.

Westgarth, 29, was set to become a free agent with Carolina at the end of the year and was earning $725,000 this season with the Hurricanes. He has not registered a point on the year while skating at a minus-2 in 12 games.

Nemisz contract with Calgary also paid him $725,000 as a non-roster player. He was set to become a restricted free agent at season’s end.

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  • rgsims Dec 30, 2013

    That's going to turn the season around

  • DUKE4EVER Dec 30, 2013

    So we gave them someone we did not want for someone they did not want.

    Another gutsy move by Rutherford.

  • sanacito Dec 30, 2013

    ROFL....big freakin deal. Like this move is going to make a difference.

  • khutchuk Dec 30, 2013

    This is a move to make cap space for another trade.

  • ericevenson Dec 30, 2013

    "So we gave them someone we did not want for someone they did not want. Another gutsy move by Rutherford." DUKE4EVER

    Come on man. Give it a rest. Negative all the time.

  • evenflow2005 Dec 31, 2013

    for tat

  • evenflow2005 Dec 31, 2013

    View quoted thread

    Okay, can't say the other t-word. How about that for tat.

  • billymcd3 Dec 31, 2013

    725k freed up at the NHL level.
    Westgarth... good guy, yes, but zero production for 725k, sitting in the seats watching with the rest of us on most nights.
    Nemisz sent to the AHL = salary not counting against the NHL level cap.
    Why is that so hard to understand?
    Everyone wants a blockbuster. They won't all be and can't all be blockbusters.
    Good job J.R.

  • TeaBagOnLove Dec 31, 2013

    The Canes signed Kevin for one reason with two parts: (1) Not what he does when he is on the ice, but rather what the other team will NOT do when he is on the ice. Part 2: He will knock your head off if the other team keeps doing what they were doing before he was on the ice.

    With the Canes focus on avoiding the fighting / defensive enforcing style of hockey, players like Westgarth and Gleason are not within the game plan now. The Canes have received a lot of production from the newer players and with lower cap hits.... Time to lighten the load as they move to sign the current RFA/UFA's after this season ends. If they can pick up current or future production in the trade, then they achieve more in the trade than lightening the load.

    This is a great trade for Westgarth.

  • reelpirate Dec 31, 2013

    Not sure why they need a revival to their season. They seem to be right where they aim for every year....mid to upper lower half.

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