Kings trade for Anthony Stewart

Updated: January 13, 2013, 1:52 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Kings have acquired forward Anthony Stewart from the Carolina Hurricanes along with their 2013 fourth-round draft pick and 2014 sixth-round pick in exchange for forward Kevin Westgarth.

Stewart, 28, has played in 262 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, Atlanta Thrashers and Florida Panthers and has recorded 71 points and 123 penalty minutes.

Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi announced the trade Sunday morning.

Stewart last year played in 77 games for Carolina and recorded 11 points. The previous season he recorded a career-high 14 goals with the Thrashers.

Westgarth, 28, has played in 90 regular-season games with the Kings dating to the 2008-09 season. Last year he played in 25 regular-season games and had two points.

The trade was the first change the Kings have made to a Stanley Cup winning roster that was returning completely intact from last season.

No Stanley Cup champion in recent memory had ever returned the following season with the same exact roster. Westgarth, however, had not played since Feb. 16, 2012 and did not play in the postseason for the Kings.

The Kings opened training camp on Sunday and will begin the season Jan. 19 at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Arash Markazi

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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