Josh Archibald signed a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“I think all parties are excited that it got done sooner than later,” Archibald told the Oilers website. “Obviously going down this stretch, it’s a big stretch for us, and to have that out of the way, it’s a nice feeling. To have some security for myself and my family, I think that was important for us. To get another two years, we’re really excited to be back.”
The 27-year-old forward has 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) in 59 games with Edmonton this season.
“I think one of the big things, they wanted to bring me in as a penalty killer,” Archibald said. “… And I’ve been able to pitch in offensively too. At the end of the day, I’ll do exactly whatever the coach wants me to do.”
At 5-foot-10, 176 pounds, Archibald leads Oilers forwards with 160 hits.
“My dad taught me at a young age how to hit, how to take a hit,” Archibald said. “But at the same time having a low center of gravity, that helps too. But just don’t back down, stick up for myself, I think that’s the big thing. I’ve been doing it my whole life so I’ve gotten used to it.”
Signed as a free agent by Edmonton on July 16, Archibald has 56 points (32 goals, 24 assists) in 180 regular-season games with the Oilers, Arizona Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins. He could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
“I think the one-year contract was an opportunity to prove to myself and to prove to everybody else that if they’re giving me a chance I’ve got to go out and show them and prove to them that they made the right decision,” Archibald said. “And I think this [contract] here is just a byproduct of hard work and them believing in me and me believing in them.”
Archibald has recently been playing wing on a line with center Connor McDavid.
“I think everybody in the League would love their chance to play with Connor,” Archibald said. “I’ve gotten a chance this year and it’s been a lot of fun. … He’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best player in the world. We’ve got the two best players in the world (Leon Draisaitl) on our team, so to just be given an opportunity to play with them has been a lot of fun, and I’m just trying to take advantage of it.”