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Arizona Coyotes acquire Nick Cousins, prospect from Philadelphia Flyers

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The Coyotes address a puzzling expansion draft situation and acquire a young prospect with it.

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The Arizona Coyotes have acquired forward Nick Cousins and goalie prospect Merrick Madsen from the Philadelphia Flyers for forward prospect Brendan Warren and a 2018 5th round pick.

Cousins just finished his third season with the Flyers organization, scoring 6 goals and 16 points in 60 games. Throughout his time in Philadelphia, Cousins was a fixture on the bottom-six who offered a physical, two-way presence in the lineup. That presence is exactly what the Coyotes hope to receive from Cousins this upcoming season.

Cousins is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights, but he has enough games played to be exposed in the Vegas Expansion Draft. However, the Coyotes appear to be committed to protecting him, possibly opting to leave a different forward, such as Alex Burmistrov, exposed instead.

Merrick Madsen is an upcoming senior who has been a two-year starting goalie for Harvard University. He posted a GAA of 2.11 and save percentage of .923, while racking up a school-record of 28 victories and being named a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award, given to the most outstanding Division I goaltender.

Madsen has been named one of the three captains for the Crimson next season. The 6th round pick from 2013 was no guarantee to sign with the Flyers, and the Coyotes will have his rights until August 15th, 2018.

The Coyotes drafted Brendan Warren in the 3rd round in 2015, but he only scored 10 points in 35 games this past season for the Michigan Wolverines, a decrease from his freshman season output of 17 points in 38 games.

As for the pick, the Coyotes dealt a 2018 5th round pick, meaning the Coyotes currently have six (and potentially, five) picks in the 2018 draft (the Toronto Maple Leafs receive the Coyotes’ 6th round pick next year if they re-sign or trade Peter Holland).

The Coyotes don’t seem to be done making moves either.

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