The Arizona Coyotes have acquired center Nick Cousins and goalie prospect Merrick Madsen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 5th round draft pick and prospects Brendan Warren. Let\’s get into details.
In the upcoming expansion draft, you need to expose two forwards who played in 40 games this year or 70 games in the last two years. The Flyers had 12 of those players (not counting Chris VandeVelde and Boyd Gordon, because they are both UFAs this offseason), so they can trade one of them to a team that needs one. The Coyotes have 10 other players who are qualified for the \”40/70 rule\”, but just three of them are signed for next year in Tobias Rieder, Brad Richardson and Jamie McGinn, and Richardson likely won\’t be protected.
Cousins is an RFA, but the Coyotes should sign him. The have a bad roster now, especially on forward. He has a good chance of cracking their top 9 in 2017-18.
Cousins, 23, scored 16 points (six goals and 10 assists) in 60 games this year. He has 27 points (12 goals and 15 assists) in his 107 game NHL career, all for the Flyers, who drafted him in the 3rd round (68th overall) in 2011.
Madsen, 21, had a .923 SV% and a 2.11 GAA in 36 games this year for Harvard University. He was unlikely to sign with the Flyers, and the Coyotes don\’t have an amazing goalie prospect like the Flyers do (Carter Hart/Alex Lyon/Anthony Stolarz). It seems more like a throw-in.
With prospect Oskar Lindblom likely coming over from Sweden, and the Flyers most likely drafting Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier, who should make the team, the Flyers wouldn\’t use Cousins much or at all in 2017-18. They get a draft pick that seems worthless, but Dallas Stars star Jamie Benn was a 5th round pick, so you never know.
Warren, 20, scored 10 points (three goals and seven assists) in 35 games for the University of Michigan this season. He looks like another throw-in prospect, but he could reach the NHL eventually.