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.
The Blackhawks have cut Marko Dano and sent him back to Rockford (AHL).
Dano was expected to crack the Blackhawks opening night roster and was expected to produce this season. He had 21 points (8G / 13A) in 35 games with the Blue Jackets last year, but will start the year in Rockford.
Over the weekend the Blackhawks signed Brent Seabrook to an eight-year extension worth $55M ($6.875M AAV).
Seabrook, 30, was drafted 14th overall in 2003 and is now signed through the 2023-24 season. The 6-foot-3, 218 lbs. defensemen is on of the steadiest blueliners in the NHL. He has only missed 10 games over the last nine seasons and has averaged eight goals and 27 assists (35 points) per 82 games throughout his career.
The Blackhawks have signed Michal Rozsival to a one-year deal worth $600K.
Rozsival, 37, had 13 points (1G / 12A) in 65 regular season games and one assist in 10 playoff games before fracturing his ankle in Game 4 versus the Minnesota Wild. There was speculation that Rozsival might retire, but he will go for another Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2015-16.
The Blackhawks confirm that Patrick Kane is expected to attend training camp.
Kane is facing rape allegations and the case is expected to go to a grand jury. Attending training camp is good news for Kane and his potential fantasy owners, but there is still uncertainty surrounding him until the case is closed.