Bickell is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Bickell, 30, has one goal in seven games this season, but multiple sclerosis will make it very difficult for Bickell to return to the ice. Josh Harding was able to deal with it in Minnesota for one season, but is out of professional hockey all together now. Don’t expect to see Bickell on the ice anytime in the near future.
The Blackhawks have reassigned Bryan Bickell to Rockford (AHL).
Bickell cleared waivers back on October 3rd, but stayed with the team through the first month of the season. Bickell served as a healthy scratch in four of the last five games. He had no points and a minus-3 rating in seven games this season.
Bickell cleared waivers, but will stay with the Blackhawks.
Bickell, who was placed on waivers on Friday, cleared on Saturday at noon but head coach Joel Quenneville said Bickell will not be sent to Rockford (AHL) at this time. The Blackhawks have been trying to move Bickell, who carries a $4M cap-hit but has had an impossible time finding someone to take on the contract.
The Blackhawks have placed Bryan Bickell on waivers.
If Bickell clears waivers, the Blackhawks could send him to the AHL and save about $950K in cap space. Chicago reportedly tried to trade Bickell all summer but could not find a suitor for his $4M cap-hit.
Bickell (upper-body) will return to the Blackhawks lineup on Thursday.
Bickell has missed the last six games with an upper-body injury, but will be back in tomorrow vs. the Wild. Jonathan Toews out, Bickell in? Does not really seem like a recipe for success, but we are almost in the post-season where Bickell splashed onto the scene last season.
Coach Quenneville said that Bickell's injury is not serious and he should not miss an extended period of time. Consider him day-to-day. The Blackhawks will dress seven defensemen with Bickell, Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane all out.