NHL clubs are putting the final touches to their rosters about a week before the opening of training camp, but most of late summer machinations involve inviting players to camp on professional tryouts. On Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they would be terminating the contract of forward Josh Archibald. The 30-year-old signed a two-year, $1.6 million deal with the Lightning as an unrestricted free agent after playing last season with Pittsburgh, but GM Julien BriseBois indicated that Archibald informed the club that he was not planning on playing hockey for the time being.
With Archibald being placed on unconditional waivers, the Lightning filled his roster spot by signing former NY Rangers forward Tyler Motte to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
Welcome to Tampa, Tyler 👋
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 9, 2023
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The number of players signed to professional tryouts is up to 28, as the Pittsburgh Penguins added forward Colin White on a PTO. White played 68 regular season games and 21 playoff games for the Florida Panthers last season.
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