Coyotes free agent Josh Archibald, others sign with new teams
Arizona free agent forward Josh Archibald signed with a new team on Tuesday, marking the last of the NHL-level Coyotes free agents to come off the market this offseason.
Archibald, 26, inked a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers after spending the last season-and-a-half with Arizona. The right wing began his NHL career by playing 14 games across parts of three seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he met current Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet. The Coyotes traded for Archibald midseason in the 2017-18 campaign, and the sixth-round pick went on to play 107 games in the desert the last two years.
In those 107 games, Archibald endeared himself to the fans with his speedy game and humble personality and scored 17 goals with 16 assists as a bottom-six forward. He also registered a fighting major last year against Neal Pionk.
The Regina, Saskatchewan, native joins these other Coyotes free agents who found new teams:
Richard Panik, F: UFA, signed with Washington Capitals
Calvin Pickard, G: UFA, signed with Detroit Red Wings
Nick Cousins, C: Non-tendered RFA, signed with Montreal Canadiens
Mario Kempe, F: UFA, signed with Los Angeles Kings, joining brother Adrian
Dakota Mermis, D: UFA, signed with New Jersey Devils
Hunter Miska, G: Non-tendered RFA, signed with Colorado Avalanche
Goaltender Adin Hill remains a restricted free agent. The others that factored in to the free agent equation were forward Lawson Crouse and defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin, who each re-signed as RFAs.
As of Tuesday, CapFriendly showed the Coyotes having 46 of 50 possible contracts on the books for next season.