By Sam Bush
The Flyers made a deal last night, just before today’s 3 p.m. trade freeze.
They sent a goalie, Harvard standout Merrick Madsen, to the Arizona Coyotes along with pending restricted free agent center Nick Cousins. In 60 games this season Cousins had six goals and 10 assists.
“We are very pleased to acquire Nick,” Coyotes GM John Chayka said in a press release. “He is a tenacious, versatile, two-way center who will add grit and energy to our lineup. We’re excited to have him join the Coyotes.”
Cousins, who turns 24 in July, is eligible for arbitration.
Madsen was named to the All-Ivy League first team this year with the Crimson and won the ECAC championship. The 6-5 sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft had until next summer to sign a contract with the Flyers before the team lost his rights.
“Merrick is a big, skilled, athletic goaltender,” Chayka said. “We are very excited about him joining our organization and look forward to watching his development.”
In return the Flyers get a 2018 fifth-round pick as well as University of Michigan left wing Brendan Warren, a third-round pick of the Coyotes in 2015.
Warren, 20, had three goals and 10 points in 35 games last season for the Wolverines. He has two more collegiate seasons before the Flyers have to either sign him or lose his rights.
The team has become thin at wingers throughout the organization. The top wing prospect, Oskar Lindblom, signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers after spending the last three seasons in the Swedish Elite League.