Bryan Bickell had a great 2013 Stanley Cup playoff run and one of the best bargains in the 2013 shortened season gets a big pay raise. His salary will average $4 million a year for the next four seasons. Here is a breakdown of the new contract.
Bickell deal: $1 M bonus plus $2 M salary for next season. $4 M in 2014-15; $4.5 M each of last 2 yrs
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2013
Bickell scored 9 playoff goals to go along with 8 assists as the 2nd highest Blackhawks scorer in the 2013 Stanley Cup run. Bickell scored the dramatic tying goal that was followed up by the departed Dave Bolland’s goal 17 seconds later to seal the Blackhawks Stanley Cup.
Bickell has been in the Chicago Blackhawks organization from the start getting drafted 41st overall in the 2004 draft. Bickell has 40 career goals and 50 assists but he really found his game in the 2012 playoffs against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Bickell’s game carried over into the 2013 shortened season which he played on the highly effective third line for much of the season scoring 9 goals and 14 assists before getting really hot in the playoffs before cooling off in the finals due to a knee sprain that he played through which paid off with the Game 6 heroics.
Bickell gets the big pay raise now the question is will he bring the 2013 season into next season or can he possibly regress into the middle of 2012 when he was scratched multiple times for soft play.
Hopefully the success of 2013 is just the beginning of a great stretch for #29!!
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