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Chicago Blackhawks: Bryan Bickell Placed On waivers For Second Time

By Mario Tirabassi
Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) acknowledges the crowd during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship parade and rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) acknowledges the crowd during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship parade and rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports /
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For a second time this season, the Chicago Blackhawks have placed Forward Bryan Bickell on waivers. This, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, will be Bickell’s second stint on waivers after his first time through in early October saw him clear the wire and join the AHL Rockford IceHogs for 12 games.

The 29 other teams in the NHL will now have 24 hours to claim Bickell before he is eligible for re-assignment back to the IceHogs, yet again. Over that 12 game span in Rockford, Bickell tallied 14 points (7 goals and 7 assists) and looked as if he had turned a corner and would return to Chicago and if not live up to, at least play up close to his $4 million cap-hit. He has not. Since re-joining the Blackhawks, Bickell has played in 16 games, only recording two assists, has a minus-1 rating, and has been scratched multiple times leading up to today’s placement on waivers.

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Bickell’s future with Chicago in jeopardy

With his second stint in the AHL looming, it seems inevitable that Bickell will not be finishing the season in Blackhawks colors. If Bickell is to clear the waiver wire, and it is hard to imagine a team would claim him at this point, the Blackhawks will be able to soften Bickell’s cap hit by $950,000 and allow for a little more wiggle room at the trade deadline. It could be very possible that Bickell is involved in a trade himself soon, or near the deadline on February 29th (leap year). It’s hard for the Blackhawks to rationalize having that much money invested in a player who struggles to see the ice as much as Bickell does, averaging around 9:15 of ice-time per game over his 23 games with the Blackhawks this season.

He still is a large body presence on the ice, but without being able to produce points anywhere near what he has in the past, it’s hard for him to look appealing to any team with such a high financial commitment on him.The IceHogs would love to have Bickell return to the roster as they currently hold the top spot in the AHL Central Division based off of points percentage. Bickell’s 14 points over his 12 games this season still ranks as eighth highest on the team.

So what do you make of this move by the Blackhawks? Do you still have faith in Big Bicks, or has time run out on the hero of the 2013 Stanley Cup campaign? Let us know in the comments section below.

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