A player that helped save the season is now looking to help the Hurricanes become a power in the Eastern Conference this season.
Westgarth, who only played 25 games last year for the Kings, was more known for his involvement in labor negotiations rather than his performance. Hurricanes fans can expect Westgarth to be a definite factor in this shortened-season.
Looking forward to being part of another great organization in the Carolina Hurricanes. Joining a great team about to do some big things.
— Kevin Westgarth (@KWesty19) January 15, 2013
The 6’ 4” forward will offer the Kings a new and assertive look to the team. With the absence of Bryan Allen who signed with the Anaheim Ducks over the summer and the additions of offensive powers Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin, Carolina needed a new enforcer. Westgarth will completely fill this role for the Hurricanes. He had 15 fights in the 25 games he played last year and offers an intimidation factor that Carolina has not had for years.
Plus, having been involved directly in the frustration of the collective bargaining negotiations, one can only predict that Westgarth is more than ready to play. He could play a key role this year in trying to rebuild a team in a playoff drought.
There is no reason to be anything but optimistic.