NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins sign forward Josh Archibald, defenseman Derrick Pouliot

By The Sports Xchange   |   July 12, 2017 at 10:27 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins signed two restricted free agents, forward Josh Archibald and defenseman Derrick Pouliot, to one-way contracts on Wednesday.

Archibald's contract is a two-year deal with a $675,000 cap hit. Pouliot inked a one-year deal for $800,000.

Archibald figures to fill a bottom-six role on the Penguins, while it could be a make or break season for Pouliot in Pittsburgh. The 23-year-old Pouliot was the eighth overall pick in 2012, acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes as part of the Jordan Staal trade. He has yet to live up to his lofty draft status, although the organization was happy with how he finished this past season in the AHL.

Pouliot has two goals and 12 assists in 67 NHL games. In three seasons for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he has 20 goals and 50 assists in 114 games.

The 24-year-old Archibald played 10 games at the NHL level this past season, registering three goals and a plus-4, after playing in one game in the 2015-16 season. He played in four playoff games during the Penguins' Stanley Cup run, playing well as a role player. Archibald, a sixth-round pick in 2011, spent most of the 2016-17 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scoring 16 goals while adding 13 assists in 61 games.

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