A lot of Arizona Coyotes players end up playing with the Edmonton Oilers. So many in fact that we wrote a whole article about the struggles of former Coyotes in Edmonton. Since that came out the Oilers have added a few more players, including their newest addition Josh Archibald.
The #Oilers have signed forward Josh Archibald to a one-year contract. The Regina, Saskatchewan native tallied 12 goals & ten assists for 22 points in 68 appearances with Arizona in 2018-19. pic.twitter.com/OxjXM568OL— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) July 16, 2019
Judging from our breakdown of Coyotes who made it to free agency Josh Archibald was well liked by fans in Arizona. He was a hard worker who had a career year in goals last season and was a key part of the Coyotes stellar penalty kill. And while the door didn’t appear closed to Archibald at the time, news that Archibald signed a one-year deal for $1 million with a team that wasn’t the Coyotes certainly shut it.
Archibald will swap stories with a few other former Coyotes when he gets to Edmonton. Goaltender Mike Smith and coach Dave Tippett were both brought in this past offseason and Edmonton acquired Sam Gagner in during the 2018-19 season.
What do you think of Archibald signing in Edmonton? What is your favorite Archibald memory? Do you think he will have better luck then Tobias Rieder did last season?