The Blackhawks will be looking for cheap, short term contracts this off-season. One name that could come across their tables with some interest is Josh Archibald. The 29 year old right wing from Regina stands at 5'10, 176 pounds and will not get much more, if anything more then a league minimum deal this upcoming free agency. With only 8 games played last season with the Oilers following injuries and personal issues, Archibald only had 1 assist. He also appeared in 13 playoff games and also only added 1 assist.
Archibald is a well known 200 foot player that plays his role quite well. While not being known for his offensive ability, Archibald is a trustworthy bottom 6 role player wherever he goes, and would be a low risk, high reward deal for the Blackhawks as they'll be signing someone who wants to play in the USA. Through 243 games in the NHL, Archibald has 71 points with a -6 to show for it. His leadership and grittiness have always stood out to his teammates, fans and coaching staff as he bounced around the league between Pittsburgh, Arizona and Edmonton.
""With his speed and determination, he could make an NHL roster as a forechecking torpedo""- Dobber Prospects, June 2018.
Archibald has never had an offensive scoring touch but his ability to fight his way into the lineup every night mixed with his leadership and physical side, could be more then enough to earn him a longer contract in the Blackhawks organization during their impending rebuild. Archibald is often praised for his speed and his ability to make a difference away from the puck, which the Blackhawks need. Their lack of effort in their 200 foot game was apparent every single night, so signing a guy like Archibald to a "prove-it" type of deal could be a huge reward in the end, and could help change their team's dynamic, as players often feed off of Archibald's energy.