The Kings signed Scuderi to a deal because he was a solid reliable Dman...they signed him to a HUGE deal because he won a Cup. Westgarth could have easily scored a 4th rounder but the 6th and Stewart (assuming they really do want him and that wasn't Carolina's own salary dump) are the extra because he won a Cup - even though he didn't play.
That said, Stewart is a run-of-the-mill former 1st round reclamation project. This is the kind of thing the Wings have done for years with guys like Dan Cleary and Boyd Devereaux. You takes your chances and sees what you can get out of him.
I am very much a fan of Westgarth's personality and his role. He has great character, but with the Kings returning their full roster, he would not get into the lineup very often. I wish him much success, and am very pleased with the return that DL got.
Good luck Westie!
I'm gonna go back to the 2003 draft. Watching it on TV, there was a special segment on Anthony Stewart, and I was pissed when Florida exchanged picks with Tampa Bay and snagged Stewart before the Kings were to make their 2nd and 3rd first round picks (Boyle, Tambellini). I thought for sure the Kings would have used one of their selections on Stewart, and seeing Mike Keenan, at the same time dwarfed and smiling on the podium next to Stewart left me with a sick feeling. I thought for sure Keenan would have a power forward on his hands once the kid graduated and all indications pointed that he would.
Stewart made his IIHF international debut playing for Canada in the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships in Yaroslavl, Russia. During the tournament he scored six goals, tying for fourth place in tournament scoring. His scoring success ranked him as the top goal-scoring Canadian; however, he contributed no assists, and finished third on the team in points.
Anthony Stewart (ice hockey) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I think that was the last time I was ever upset about a draft selection or missing out on one because it showed me that I didn't know anything. Unlike DB/CBGB it never bothered me we missed out on Correy Perry, because I could care less about that punk! I've been pretty much on board with the Kings selections since apart from passing on Tarasenko to select Forbort in 2010 but the jury is still out.
Westgarth had two seasons left at $745K, Stewart comes with one season at $900k. Like Hipcheck said, I'd be happy with a straight exchange + cap relief in 2014. To get a 4th rounder in 2013 and a 6th rounder the following year is a fantastic return for Westgarth. Better yet would be if Stewart finds the motivation and desperation under Darryl Sutter to get his career on track.
Between growing up poor, walking to a game in a blizzard, being drafted in the first round in 2003 and doing nothing ever since Anthony Stewart has a lot to prove and he has the body and size to do so but where is the heart? He's got a much a much better shot than Westy but when it comes to brains it's clear the guy hasn't been smart enough to take advantage of his attributes.
If nothing else he will at least deflect the attention from Doughty on the fat category.
I love the trade.
Sorry to hear westie go. Everyone is so eager to trade character for potential skill, even after dean built a winner out of "character" players. That being said, it is still a great trade.
I feel like the picks were more important than the player. Dean trying to keep the flow of home grown talent flowing. That Detriot style.
Stewart may not fit in with the club. Character players are hard to come by and with Stewart coming in,who knows. Don't discount what character team players do for the team.
And knowing Deano he'll somehow flip those picks into something better for the team. I'm sure he was excited to get going but it is what it is. Its a no brainer of a trade for the Kings. You make this trade everyday and twice today.
Frozen Fury, the only reason you can't wait for summer to end!