Both players signed for $70,000 in the AHL and $925,000 in the NHL (including a $92,500 signing bonus)—the maximum salaries allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. Horvat received performances in his contract worth up to $850,000 a season, while Shinkaruk got $212,500.
Archibald started this past season with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL due to the excess of talent with the Chicago Wolves from the lockout. He found his way on the team in November when injuries necessitated his call up. In his first 11 games, Archibald put up six goals and secured a regular spot in the Wolves lineup.
When the lockout ended, Archibald found himself attending Canucks training camp and he earned his first NHL call-up this past postseason as a Black Ace. He wasn’t expected to make the team or play in the playoffs, but the team likely wanted to reward him for his great sophomore season and give him a taste of what the NHL is like.
The Canucks will be looking to Archibald to play a top-six role with the Utica Comets this upcoming season and serve as a call-up if injuries arise.