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Bickell Wants To Stay In Chicago

from Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago,

"Yeah, definitely, (I'd like to re-sign with the Blackhawks)," Bickell said during the Stanley Cup finals media day. "I got drafted in '04 with this team. I think this is a second home to me. To be brought up through the minor leagues and being here the last couple years has been an honor. I feel this is a home to me. I have a lot of friends and family with me in the city. I enjoy it a lot here."

Bickell laughed when asked if he'd be willing to give the Blackhawks a hometown discount. He is making $600,000 this season and is expected to receive a hefty raise due to his playoff performance, which has included eight goals and five assists in 17 games and has him in the running for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

"I don't know about that," Bickell said of giving the Blackhawks a hometown discount. "We'll see. We're just concentrating on the finals. Me and my agent will come together, and we'll negotiate that at the end of the season."

Blackhawks general manger Stan Bowman made it sound Tuesday as if Bickell was in the team's future plans.

"He's been with us for a long time and worked his way here," Bowman said. "I think in a lot of ways it's nice to see him finally put all the pieces together. We've known he's had this capability for a long time. Proud of him, proud of the way he's played. He's a nice element to our team. We're excited that he's coming into his own. He's been a big part of the success we've had this year and looking for that going forward as well."

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John W.'s avatar

What a dumb thing to ask the guy on the eve of the SCF.  What’s he going to say?  There’s no way they can afford me, I’m gone in July?

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 06/11/13 at 07:32 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Ryan Clowe money:  $3.5 - $4.0 million.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 06/11/13 at 07:36 PM ET

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The Hawks made Byfuglien a star and they have made Bickell a star. I really question how good Bickell will be outside of a system with so many shooters, so you are left free in the slot. If your team has a Kane, Hossa, Sharp, and Toews, Bickell will be your guy

Posted by timbits on 06/12/13 at 09:24 AM ET

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