Edmonton Oilers Josh Archibald out indefinitely with myocarditis after bout with COVID

Edmonton Oilers forward Josh Archibald is sidelined indefinitely with myocarditis, a heart condition related to his summertime bout with COVID-19.

Archibald was one of the known players in the NHL that was not vaccinated. A list that includes the Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi.

“The last couple of days, he’s had some testing done and we’re waiting for the results of that,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett said during camp. “He’s just not getting up to speed like he should be, so they just want to go see where he’s at. He’s set back a couple days here.”

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Tippett provided the update Sunday, and it is the same diagnosis that is expected to sideline Edmonton goaltender Alex Stalock for the entire 2021-22 season.

“He had a severe viral infection coming out of his quarantine,” he said. “What the tests showed is that at some point this summer he’d had COVID, and he tested positive for the antibodies. He has also been diagnosed with myocarditis.”

Archibald, who turns 29 on Wednesday, tallied seven goals and six assists in 52 games with the Oilers last season.

A sixth-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2011, he has 70 points (39 goals, 31 assists) in 235 career games with the Penguins (2016-17), Arizona Coyotes (2017-19) and Oilers. He won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2017.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report