09/10/23: According to TSN’s Chris Johnston, Archibald has cleared unconditional waivers and has had his contract terminated.
09/09/23: After signing Josh Archibald back in July, his time with the Lightning has come to an end. The team announced today that they have placed the winger on waivers today for the purpose of terminating his contract. GM Julien BriseBois released the following statement:
Yesterday, 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. Consequently, Josh was placed on unconditional waivers earlier today for the purpose of terminating his contract.
The 30-year-old spent last season with Pittsburgh, primarily playing on their fourth line. Archibald got into 62 games with the Penguins, picking up six goals and six assists while averaging just shy of ten minutes per night. Looking to add to their toughness, Tampa Bay signed Archibald to a two-year deal that carried a cap hit of $800K along with a 16-team no-trade clause. To create the cap room to fit him in, they flipped Pat Maroon with partial retention to Minnesota, a move that freed up precisely $800K.
However, it appears that Archibald had a change of heart and has now decided against playing this season altogether according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Tampa Bay could have elected to suspend Archibald without pay which would have kept him on their reserve list if he had a change of heart but instead, they’re parting ways altogether, a move that opens up a contract slot, one they quickly utilized to sign Tyler Motte to a one-year, $800K deal.
Archibald’s NHL career stands at 305 games played over eight seasons with Pittsburgh (two separate stints), Arizona, and Edmonton. He has 83 points and 855 hits in those appearances but for now, at least, those totals won’t be going any higher.