Tag: Kevin Westgarth


Oilers release Westgarth from PTO


For the second straight day an NHL tough guy was released from his camp invite.

On Sunday the Oilers announced that forward Kevin Westgarth had been released.

The news comes after the Blues released Paul Bissonnette on Saturday.

Westgarth, 30, has 169 games on his NHL resume with the LA Kings, Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames.

The Princeton product has collected 266 penalty minutes during his NHL tenure, which according to hockeyfights.com, includes 32 career fights.

Westgarth won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012.

Rookies staying in Edmonton

It appears rookie center Leon Draisaitl and defenseman Darnell Nurse are sticking with the big club.

Draisaitl, 18, was Edmonton’s third overall selection in the June NHL Draft.

Nurse, 19, was the Oilers seventh overall pick at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Neither player is old enough to be sent to the AHL.

TSN’s Ryan Rishaug tweeted potential lines for the Oilers heading into the regular season:

Oilers trim roster

Edmonton also announced seven other cuts on Sunday.

Jujhar Khaira, Martin Marincin and Bogdan Yakimov have been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons.

Additionally, Keith Aulie, Anton Lander, Steve Pinizzotto and Tyler Pitlick were placed on waivers with the purpose of assignment to the Barons.

Engelland gets three-year $8.7 million contract from Flames

Pittsburgh Penguins v Winnipeg Jets

The Calgary Flames have added some more toughness, signing defenseman/forward Deryk Engelland to a three-year, $8.7 million contract.

Yep, that’s right — Engelland — a guy coming off a three-year, $1.7 million contract — will carry a $2.9 million cap hit for the next three years. The 32-year-old was apparently a hot commodity after scoring six goals and six assists for the Penguins in 56 games last season.

Of course, Engelland wasn’t signed for his scoring. The Flames haven’t been shy about their desire to get bigger and tougher, and new general manager Brad Treliving, along with president of hockey ops Brian Burke, are backing up their words with actions.

Remember that Calgary also added Brandon Bollig from Chicago at the draft, and the Flames already had Brian McGrattan under contract for next season.

Granted, UFA Kevin Westgarth probably won’t be back.

Flames say line brawl vs. Canucks turned season around, was ‘good for hockey’

Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks

Following the now-infamous line brawl against Vancouver on Jan. 18, the Calgary Flames went an impressive 19-14-0 to finish the year.

The secret to that success? According to the players, that huge scrap turned the season around.

(All quotes from the Calgary Sun)

Chris Butler: “I think it was a turning point for our season. Things were tough for us at that time. We were getting tired of losing, and guys were (peeved) off.”

Kevin Westgarth: “It was good for hockey — you don’t want it to happen every day, but that’s part of the soul of the game. People who want to deride that can go watch another sport. People watch hockey for the violence — just like football.”

Joe Colborne: “Things like that galvanize a team. It really brings a team together. It brought a tight group even closer.”

These comments are going to raise eyebrows for a number of reasons. One, they came prior to Calgary getting waxed 5-1 by Vancouver in Sunday’s regular season finale, a game that saw Flames forward Paul Byron get tossed for boarding Daniel Sedin, who was forced to leave on a stretcher.

Two, the Jan. 18 line brawl was referenced in John Tortorella’s postgame media availability, albeit indirectly. Tortorella once again went after Flames head coach Bob Hartley — though this time with only his words, not physically like he did three months ago — blasting Hartley for a perceived lack of respect.

“It’s embarrassing to coach against the guy across from me tonight,” Tortorella said. “Some of the things that went on when Danny was hurt, it’s embarrassing.”

Tortorella was alluding to reports that Hartley was yelling at Henrik Sedin and the officiating crew while Daniel was laying on the ice.

“It just pisses me off,” Tortorella continued. “I just don’t like the disrespect with players. It aggravates me. I am not going to go any further. I don’t like the way he does business. I don’t like him, and eventually I guess why I am talking about it in this way is because I need to protect my players and a lot of people don’t understand that, so I’ll just leave it at that. I don’t know why I opened it up.”

It’s also worth noting that Hartley started Westgarth and fellow tough guy Brian McGrattan on Sunday, the same pair he started back on Jan. 18. The Canucks opted to go with Zack Kassian, Brad Richardson and Shawn Matthias.

Video: Bishop’s horrendous pass leads to opening Calgary goal


Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted the best and most appropriate intro for this vid…

Oh, it caught up to him alright. Mike Cammalleri’s 25th goal of the season, and Calgary’s first of the night, couldn’t come in an easier fashion:

Bishop’s rough night got worse exactly 15 seconds later, as Kevin Westgarth — yeah, Kevin Westgarth — scored his fourth of the year to give the Flames a 2-0 lead.


Oilers tough guy Gazdic undergoes shoulder surgery, out six months


Luke Gazdic’s breakthrough campaign is ending on a sour note.

Gazdic, who made his NHL debut with Edmonton this season and went on to appear in 67 games, will be shut down for the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, the club announced on Monday. The procedure and recovery will sideline Gazdic for six months, which could linger over to next year’s training camp and, quite possibly, the start of the regular season.

Gazdic, 24, has two goals and four points this year with a team-high 127 penalty minutes. He’s fought 15 times and showed no fear when it came to picking opponents, taking on the likes of Brian McGrattan, Milan Lucic and Kevin Westgarth — the latter being on the wrong end of Gazdic’s most memorable win of the year:

Gazdic is on a one-year, $635,000 deal with the Oilers that expires this July. It’ll be interesting to see if he showed enough to earn a new deal for next year, or if this shoulder ailment will come into effect.