Westgarth traded to Flames

calexander@newsobserver.comDecember 30, 2013 

The Carolina Hurricanes on Monday traded forward Kevin Westgarth to the Calgary Flames for forward Greg Nemisz, a former first-round draft picky the Flames.

Nemisz, 22, has been playing this season for the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL. He will report to the Charlotte Checkers, the Canes' AHL affiliate.

Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said he believed Nemisz could "develop into a solid NHL player." The 6-3, 197-pound center has five goals and four assists and a plus-5 rating in 32 games this season for the Heat.

Nemisz has played 15 career NHL games for Calgary, earning one assist. He was the 25th overall pick of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and helped the Windsor Spitfires (OHL) win Memorial Cup titles in 2009 and 2010.

Westgarth, the son-in-law of former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher, makes his offseason home in Raleigh. He was traded to Carolina on Jan. 13 by the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Anthony Stewart and a fourth-round selection in the 2013 draft.

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