Archibald will be aiming to improve in 2017-18 after suiting up for just 10 games last season. In his limited regular-season action with Pittsburgh, Archibald tallied three goals and four PIM while averaging just 10:52 of ice time. With the departures of Chris Kunitz and Nick Bonino, there are spots open in the Pens' depth chart -- something Archibald will no doubt be hoping to capitalize on. The winger will face challenges for ice time from guys like Scott Wilson and Zach Aston-Reese, but if nothing else, his appearance in Game 4 against Nashville guarantees his name will be immortalized on Lord Stanley's Cup.
Archibald agreed to terms on a two-year, one-way contract with Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Despite playing in just 10 regular-season contests -- plus four postseason appearances -- Archibald will see his name engraved on Lord Stanley's Cup, as he suited up for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. In those 14 outings, the winger averaged 10:00 of ice time and registered three goals, 15 shots and 37 hits. When the 29-year-old is in the lineup this upcoming season, it will likely be on the fourth line, where he can use his speed and physicality while spelling Pittsburgh's stars.
Archibald received a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh on Monday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Archibald played in just 10 regular-season games in 2016-17, but his name will be etched into Lord Stanley's Cup after he suited up for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Held off the scoresheet in the playoffs, the winger recorded three goals on the year. Despite his limited appearances, the organization is high on the 24-year-old and will probably consider locking him into a lengthier contract once its higher-profile targets are re-signed.
Archibald was sent down to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday. Archibald racked up 29 points in 61 outings with the Baby Pens earlier in the year and should provide a much-needed scoring boost for their Game 1 matchup with AHL Providence on Friday. Once Pittsburgh knows its second-round schedule, the 24-year-old will almost certainly be called up to provide additional roster depth, but for now will get a chance to get back into a game, something he hasn't been able to do since the regular-season finale April 9.
Archibald was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Archibald makes a quick return the big club after Chris Kunitz (lower body) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Hurricanes. Assuming none of the other three injured Penguins is able to go Sunday, Archibald will likely find himself on Pittsburgh's fourth line.
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