Dealt by the Flyers to Arizona over the summer, Nick Cousins will look for a fresh start with his new franchise, and it merits mentioning that he's only 24 years old with a sterling track record in the AHL that includes point-per-game production over 38 contests only two years ago. However, he never found a steady role in Philadelphia, managing just 26 points in 107 games over three seasons while mostly playing fourth-line minutes. Unfortunately, he's again set to face an uphill climb for ice time, as the Coyotes have decent depth at center.
Cousins signed a two-year contract with the Coyotes on Saturday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. After being traded from Philly in mid-June, Cousins latched on to be a part of the rebuilding efforts in the desert. He doesn't have an NHL stat line that's anything to call home about, but he's torn it up at the AHL level in the past, recording 92 points in 102 career games. The 23-year-old should see enough playing time with Arizona to be able to develop into a solid center, yet he still shouldn't be on many fantasy radars at this time.
The Flyers traded Cousins and goalie Merrick Madsen to the Coyotes on Friday in exchange for Brendan Warren and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. Cousins spent parts of three seasons with the Flyers, adding 12 goals and 14 assists over 107 games. He only skated for 12 minutes per contest this past campaign, but oddly averaged 1:11 of that ice time in power-play situations. Expect Cousins to be signed before long, as he'll be a restricted free agent come July 1.
Cousins (upper body) will return to the lineup for Sunday's season finale against the Hurricanes, Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post reports. Cousins missed 10 games due to a concussion, but reportedly missed the last couple as a healthy scratch. The youngster has registered 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) over 59 games this season when healthy, but doesn't figure to be a big daily fantasy target.
Cousins (upper body) is on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. He's been out long enough to be eligible to return once healthy, but then again, there are only three games remaining on the regular-season docket for the Flyers. Assuming Cousins doesn't return, he'll wind up with 16 points and a minus-6 rating over 59 contests. Fantasy owners aren't likely to find him useful unless he carves out a more prominent role in the coming seasons; there is at least some potential here, as Cousins was a point-per-game performer in the AHL in 2015-16.
Cousins (upper body) is not projected to draw into the lineup for Sunday's road contest against the Rangers, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Cousins misses his 10th game in a row and remains without a timetable for return. With just 16 points in 59 games on the season, he does not make for an appealing fantasy option as the campaign winds down.
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