The Arizona Coyotes made a trade before tonight’s deadline for the league wide holiday roster freeze. The Coyotes acquired right wing Josh Archibald, goaltender Sean Maguire and a 2019 sixth-round draft pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton and 2019 fourth-round draft pick.
Coyotes fans may remember the 5-foot-10 Archibald from when he scored his first NHL career goal against Mike Smith last season. Archibald is a 25-year-old native of Regina, SK, Canada and has a record of 3-0-3 in 14 regular season games played with the Penguins. He also played in 4 playoff games with the 2017 Stanley Cup winning team.
According to the team’s release General Manager John Chayka said, “Josh is a player who is committed to winning. We’re happy to have him in our organization.”
Maguire is a 6-foot-2 goalie from Powell River, BC, Canada. He has a .910 save percentage (SV%) in 12 games with the Penguins’ ECHL affiliate the Wheeling Nailers. Additionally, he has a SV% of .924 in four games with the Penguins’ AHL team. Maguire will be reporting to the Coyotes’ ECHL affiliate team, the Fort Wayne Komets, joining Michael Houser and Garrett Bartus who have SV% of .904 and .888, respectively.
Adding Archibald put the Coyotes over the 23-person roster limit and a corresponding move had to be made to be compliant. So the team reassigned Dylan Strome to the Tucson Roadrunners for at least the next week. After midnight tonight the team won’t be able to recall him until the roster freeze ends on December 28th.