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from Kurt Dusterberg at NHL.com,
Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell will retire from the NHL after playing in the Hurricanes' final two regular-season games, he told NHL.com on Saturday.
Bickell, who rejoined Carolina on April 3 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, has played in the Hurricanes' past two games.
"I've made the decision with my family that I'm going to call it quits, so it's just these last two games," said Bickell, who will play at home against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-MW, NHL.TV) and at the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
Bickell, 31, said he did not plan to call a press conference.
via Michael of Russo's Rants,
Bryan Bickell is playing his first NHL game since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November. He was recalled from the Charlotte Checkers, which coincidentally is where Josh Harding’s career ended after a setback playing for Iowa.
“We didn’t know when this day was going to come, but I’m happy to be here, happy to be in Minnesota,” Bickell said. “I’ve contacted Josh [Harding] this is where he had is so hopefully I see him tonight and cross some paths and talk about some things.”
I texted with Harding and he’s not positive he can come yet because he didn’t know Bickell would be playing.
“Would love to be there to support him and show my respect to him,” Harding said. “It’s a heck of a battle dealing with what he’s dealing with and I respect the heck out of him for batting through that.”
Bickell said, “Definitely the family helped me get through this moment with the goods and the bads and the rough patches here and there. To get some words of wisdom from a guy that’s been through it definitely helped I know a lot of people reached out through these months to know this day was going to come so I’m happy to be here against the Wild, I’ve scored a couple goals against these guys in the past and hopefully I’ll get one tonight.”
Bickell said Harding shared, “Just things that physically he went through, obviously the treatments. … I know with MS you need to keep cool, and that was a big thing for him. He was a goalie. He had to stand up the whole time. I get breaks. I get to sit on the bench. But it’s nice to reach out to him and get some thoughts off of what he’s been through. Hopefully he can be here tonight, and to meet him for the first time, it would be real special.”
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forwards Bryan Bickell and Andrew Poturalski from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Forwards Phil Di Giuseppe and Lucas Wallmark have been reassigned to Charlotte.
Bickell, 31, began the 2016-17 campaign with Carolina and notched one goal in seven games before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in early November. He returned to game action with the Checkers in late February and scored one goal and earned three assists (4 points) in 10 games with Charlotte. The Bowmanville, Ont., native was acquired by Carolina on June 15, 2016, from Chicago, where he was a member the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Bickell (6’4”, 223 lbs.) was drafted by Chicago in the second round, 41st overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft, and has scored 66 goals and earned 70 assists in 391 NHL career regular-season games with the Blackhawks and Hurricanes.
From NHL.com's Tom Gulitti:
Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell said on Tuesday he is targeting the five-game homestand that begins on Feb. 17 to return after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Bickell, 30, has not played since Oct. 30. The Hurricanes announced on Nov. 11 that he had been diagnosed with the disease after he had been suffering from numbness in his right arm and leg and some dizziness.
"I feel good," Bickell said after a conditioning skate at Verizon Center, where the Hurricanes face the Washington Capitals on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET: CSN-DC, FS-CR, NHL.TV). "I obviously don't feel good right now, I just got skated pretty hard, but it's going to help me down the long run. I think we're getting there and getting close to getting back in the rotation. We're shooting for probably after the bye week and then kind of day by day from there."
The Hurricanes play at the Dallas Stars on Saturday and then go on their five-day break. They return on Feb. 17 against the Colorado Avalanche to open a five-game homestand that includes games against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 19, Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 21, Ottawa Senators on Feb. 24 and Calgary Flames on Feb. 26.
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Bryan Bickell sits down with John Forslund to discuss his recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, and how he plans to overcome it.
RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).
"First and foremost, the most important thing is for Bryan to take care of himself and our thoughts are with him and his family," said Francis. "He will need to take some time to rest in the immediate future, and we will support him as he takes the necessary steps for his health. We ask that his privacy be respected during the process."
"Since the 2015 playoffs, I've been struggling to understand what was going on with my body. Again during the past few weeks, it felt like something wasn't right," said Bickell. "Obviously this is a bit of shock for my family and me, but I am hopeful I will be able to return to the ice and continue playing the game that I love."
Bickell, 30, has scored one goal in seven games with the Hurricanes this season. The Bowmanville, Ont., native was acquired by Carolina on June 15 from Chicago, where he was a member Chicago's Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Bickell (6'4", 223 lbs.) was drafted by Chicago in the second round, 41st overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft, and has scored 66 goals and earned 70 assists in 391 NHL career regular-season games with the Blackhawks and Hurricanes.
Carolina release is below...
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicagto Sun-Times,
Nobody’s happy about Bickell’s situation. He’s one of the most well-liked guys in the dressing room, and he’s always been one of Joel Quenneville’s favorites. He also carries a cap hit of $4 million per season, with another year left on his contract. And he has no goals and two assists in 24 games, averaging a career-low 9:45 of ice time per game.
Quenneville isn’t happy about benching Bickell. Bickell isn’t happy about being benched. Quenneville can’t give Bickell more minutes until he does something to earn them. But Bickell can’t do much to earn them when he’s playing barely five minutes a night on a fourth line, as he did in the Blackhawks’ last three games.
“It is frustrating to be in that position, knowing that it’s probably tough to do what you want to do in those type of minutes,” Quenneville said. “But at the same time, the opportunity to get more, playing those type of minutes, is in place. You’ve got to try to regain or get some more opportunity based on performance.”
Nothing has worked so far. Bickell’s been shopped around. He’s been scratched. He’s been waived. He’s been demoted. He’s been recalled. And yet he’s right back where he started — frustrated, disappointed, angry.
Among Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox's "Saturday Headlines":
- Cox says that the NHL wants to revamp the coach's challenge for offsides by placing television cameras overhead and along the boards on the blueline (for testing in New York area arenas), or possibly changing the offsides rule to breaking the plane of the blueline (the puck would have to cross first);
- Friedman says that once Mike Richards' court date on Wednesday is heard, if there is a resolution, teams will speak to his agent, Pat Morris, about potential employment;
- Friedman also says that the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba will probably wait until after the season before they exchange more contract numbers (Trouba is restricted-to-be);
- Cox states that at the NHL's Board of Governors meeting next week, the NHL will end its compensation system for coaches and executives, going forward, anyway. The teams that owe others draft picks will still have to honor them;
- Exiting COO John Collins won't be replaced "for the next little while";
- And the Board of Governors will discuss what kind of expansion do the Governors want and what teams they want to see;
- Friedman states that Viktor Tikhonov is on waivers most likely because Bryan Bickell will return to the Blackhawks;
- And the Canadiens-Bruins Winter Classic will be preceded by the NWHL's Les Canadiennes playing the Boston Pride outside.
You can watch the video below:
It appears that Bryan Bickell will return to the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup tonight, and Trevor Van Riemsdyk is a good bet to "draw in" as well:
The Chicago Blachkawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3--hanging on to squeeze out what was at one point a 4-1 win--on Thursday night, sweeping the Wild and advancing to the Western Conference Final.
This goal by Patrick Kane summarizes the Blackhawks' mastery of the Wild--and Devan Dubnyk, who twisted and turned slinkily but could not stop this 2-on-1 opportunity by Bryan Bickell and Kane:
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The Hawks lost winger Bryan Bickell in the first period with what appeared to be a left-leg injury, the result of him crashing into the Avs' net. "We'll see more (Wednesday). It might be more than day to day, but I'm not sure yet," Quenneville said.
more on the loss to Colorado...
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."
from Cal Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
When did Joel Quenneville first realize that Bryan Bickell could be this good?
“Five years ago when he was first called up,” the Chicago Blackhawks head coach said Sunday morning. “We played him with Toews and Kaner that year. There's ability there. You like his size, his speed. He can shoot and be physical.
“He's got all the elements that you look for in a power forward. Putting it all together has been a process.”
Well, that’s five years sooner than most of the hockey world.
To those less familiar with the Blackhawks’ process, Bickell might as well have emerged from the womb, fully grown, sometime during the last two weeks, when his 6-foot-4, 233-pound frame began raising welts on the Detroit Red Wings’ puck handlers in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, although that may have been the least surprising aspect of his game.
The fun part was that he played his way into a top-six role on one of hockey’s most talented scoring squads, doing what hardly anyone else -- on his team, or the Red Wings -- could do in a very hotly-contested, well-coached, positionally-demanding series: make an offensive impact.
One other note on the game, Ryan Suter played just over 41 minutes
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Sunday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup conference quarterfinals, Chicago’s Bryan Bickell bore down on Vancouver defenceman Kevin Bieksa, who was playing the puck behind the Canucks’ net.
Bieksa didn’t see him approaching, was vulnerable, and Bickell lowered his shoulder and drilled the defenceman in the head, sending him flying, a tremendous collision of the type that is certain to make the next Rock’em Sock’em collection.
It was a virtually identical hit to the one with which Vancouver’s Raffi Torres flattened the vulnerable Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook, concussing him, in Game 3. The only difference was that Bieksa had the puck, Seabrook did not, so where Torres was handed a minor penalty for interference, Bickell was entirely unpenalized.
continued and watch the Bickell hit below, along with the Torres hit so you can compare the two…
Bryan Bickell was assigned to Rockford again today.
We know the Blackhawks are trying to save cap money any way they can so I guess Bickell is probably thankful only 90 miles separates Chicago and Rockford.
To see more stats on Bickell, head to TSN Player Page.