EDMONTON, AB - Head Coach Dave Tippett provided an update on the status of Josh Archibald on Sunday afternoon, revealing the forward has been diagnosed with Myocarditis and will be out indefinitely after contracting COVID-19 over the summer.
"In the last week or 10 days, he's got a bunch of tests done," Tippett said. "Archie, when he came up from the States, he had to quarantine for 14 days. During the back half of those 14 days, he wasn't feeling well. He had a severe viral infection coming out of his quarantine. He tried to skate for a few days and just wasn't feeling right, so we got a bunch of tests done with him.
Tippett continued: "What the tests showed was that at some point this summer, he had COVID, so he tested for the antibodies and he was struggling with the viral infection. He got a bunch of blood work done and since then has been diagnosed with Myocarditis. The doctors are taking care of him and he's getting a bunch more tests done, but ultimately, he's out indefinitely right now."
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There's a palpable level of concern from Oilers players, coaches, and management alike for Archibald, who's become an integral part of the locker room culture and the club's penalty kill since signing as a free agent with the club in July of 2019.
"He's a popular guy in there. He's kind of one of those heart and soul players. He hasn't felt well since he's got back, so the guys are concerned about him.
"He's a good player for us. He's kind of our lead guy on the penalty kill, so someone is going to have to fill those roles. Right now, we've got a bunch of people in competition for those roles, so we'll find the best replacement we can for the time being and see how it goes."
Archibald has posted 19 goals and 15 assists in 114 games as a member of the Oilers.