JR added those picks to get rid of A Stew and his bad contract. The idea was to get rid of that contract and add some toughness and enforcement. Unfortunately, Westgarth can't play hockey and very rarely fights. At least that was his story with the Canes. Maybe he finds some suitors in the Western conference.
Could also be a move for when we start to ship off Cammy, Stajan, and Stempniak. Flames don't have an RW prospects outside of Hanowski. Doesn't hurt to shore up on the wing and have a guy who can protect his rookie linemates. Even if its not, it gives us that flexibility at least. And yeah, Carolina gave him away for a lot less than what they gave up for him so sucks for them.
I doubt he's any better at actual hockey than Nemisz is. He's probably appreciably worse.
Enforcers are "actual NHLers" because they punch people really hard, and coaches like that sort of thing. It has nothing to do with most of them being anything more than a liability when the puck is in play.
So based on your attitude in this thread, I gather that you think there's an iota of a chance that Nemisz could benefit from a change in scenery and become an NHL player?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not getting greedy, I would've given Westgarth to you for four dollars and 32 cents. Just trying to get a feel for our new commodity.
Yeah I think so, his skating has been slowly improving and his physical game has elevated. My guess is Burke was not planning on extending him due to our depth on our farm, so he used him to shore up our toughness. I'm happy for Nemo but I hate this trade, why bother moving Jackman, Burke? We should of got a 5/6th round pick for him.