By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Josh Archibald this off-season. He will never play a game with the team.
Archibald has been released by the team. According to the Lightning, he intends to take a break.
“I was informed by Josh’s agent, and by Josh himself in a subsequent conversation, that he was not planning on playing hockey for the time being and that he would not be reporting to training camp,” Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said. “Consequently, Josh was placed on unconditional waivers … for the purpose of terminating his contract.”
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The 30-year-old has played eight seasons in the league. On July 1st, he signed a two-year deal with the Lightning.
Before signing with the Lightning, he spent time with three teams. He spent parts of four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He also played three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and parts of two seasons with the Arizona Coyotes.
In his career, he has appeared in 305 games. He has scored 45 goals in his career with 83 points.
Archibald played in 62 games with the Penguins last season. He scored six goals and had 12 points.
He played in over 100 games with the Oilers and Coyotes. He played a career-high 122 games with the Oilers and 107 games with the Coyotes.
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His career-high goals came twice during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. He had a career-high 12 goals during each season, one with the Coyotes and the second with the Oilers.
If this is the end of Archibald’s career, his final game came in a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on April 11th, 2023. He had an assist in the 5-2 loss.
He played in eight minutes and 30 seconds in the contest.
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