The Pittsburgh Penguins’ first season was supposed to be a rebuild, but the team was surprisingly one of the most dominant teams in the NHL last season.
The Penguins, who went 24-11-2 in their first 30 games, finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The team’s success led to a slew of rumors that they would be traded to the Los Angeles Kings, and they were indeed.
While the Penguins weren’t able to trade Lucic and Kessel, the team’s top two scorers, they did acquire defenseman Andrew MacDonald, a pending unrestricted free agent.
The rest of the offseason was spent dealing for other assets, including forward Josh Archibald, who is reportedly going to the Montreal Canadiens.
It wasn’t all bad news for the Penguins, however.
In a team that won 55 games last season, they managed to land top defenseman Erik Karlsson, who signed a four-year, $42.5 million contract extension.
That signing didn’t come as a surprise, as it was expected that the former third overall pick would be a free agent after the season.
But, the Penguins actually made a few moves that improved the team even more.
The most important move, however, wasn’t the one they made.
The Pens got a defenseman in return for defenseman Josh Archilb.
Archilbo, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound forward, signed with Pittsburgh as a free-agent this offseason.
Archibaldi, a 5-foot, 176-pound defenseman, signed as a restricted free agent this offseason after spending the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Archiberaldi is a defenseman who could help improve the Penguins’ depth at the blue line, which has been an issue throughout the team this season.
He could also help the Penguins fill the blueline depth hole that was left by Kris Letang’s departure to the New York Islanders.
Archibeld’s arrival could be a boon for the Pens as well.
The 29-year-old is a veteran of the American Hockey League who had a strong first season in Pittsburgh.
He was also the captain of the Pittsburgh Rivermen in the Ontario Hockey League this past season.
Archiibaldi’s arrival would provide a huge boost to the Penguins blue line.
The 27-year old has appeared in eight NHL games this season, scoring one goal.
He is currently tied for fourth in the league with three goals.
While Archibaldo might not be a flashy player, he is a very good skater.
His defensive play is extremely strong and he can be a solid third defender on the ice.
The only real concern about Archibalde is his size.
He plays small for a defenseman, so he will need to play in a smaller role in order to be successful.
Archibialde’s size could cause some problems for the Pittsburgh’s blue line though.
While his size isn’t an issue, Archibale has shown a tendency to get himself into trouble.
The Pittsburgh native has already been suspended for three games this year after an incident with a woman during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
He has also been involved in three fights during his Penguins career.
His first fight occurred in 2013.
Archicald also played a key role in the Penguins win over the New Jersey Devils, which earned the team the Stanley Cup championship.
Archibel is a solid three-time All-Star who has appeared at every position in the lineup.
He led the Penguins in goals (16), points (22), and penalty minutes (80).
Archibalia’s success as a captain helped lead the Penguins to a playoff berth, and he will definitely be an asset for the team as he approaches unrestricted free agency next summer.
Archipelados success as captain will also help Pittsburgh, as the team will now have the ability to rely on Archiball as their leader.
The 34-year toil is coming to an end.
With Archiballe’s departure, the Pens have a few options.
The organization could pursue free agents, like Andrew MacDonald and Nick Spaling.
Both players have been in Pittsburgh for some time.
MacDonald is a 6’4, 203-pound defensive defenseman who can play either center or left wing.
He also played three seasons in the Canadian Hockey League, and is considered to be one of Pittsburgh’s top young defensemen.
He played a significant role for the Rivermen during the 2016-17 season.
Spaling was a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Penguins.
The 26-year age-23 signed a one-year contract with the Penguins last summer.
He will join the team in February, and should help the team be more successful in the near future.
The trade that sent Archibaeli and Archibaglia to the Kings is still in its final stages.
The Kings were in need of a defenseman and they came away with two in Archibalo and Archiabale.
The deal was a huge