The Carolina Hurricanes today announced they had acquired Kevin Westgarth from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Anthony Stewart and two draft picks (fourth rounder in 2013, sixth rounder in 2014).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That seems an unusually high return for an enforcer like Westgarth, who played only 25 regular season games with the Kings last season and saw no action in the playoffs during their run to the Stanley Cup.  Stewart is a more serviceable checking line forward owned a pro-rated $900K cap hit for this season. Westgarth would earn a pro-rated $725K for this season, so perhaps this was as much a cost-cutting move as one to add some toughness to the Hurricanes forward lines.