Friday, February 24, 2017

Around the NHL: Bickell set to make comeback in AHL


   
Bryan Bickell has already had a remarkable NHL career. In 2013, he scored an important goal in game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. That goal led to his Blackhawks winning the Cup. He has 3 Stanley Cup rings: in 2010,'13, and '15 (but his name was only inscribed on the cup twice, because he was called up for a small portion of the playoffs). When he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes before the 2016-17 season, some issues stepped in.
       The issues, weren't related to the Canes, though. On November 12, the Hurricanes announced that Bickell was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (or MS), and was placed on IR. He hasn't played since.
        When a team places a player on waivers, he is probably not happy. But when the Canes placed Bickell on waivers Thursday, it was a very good thing for Bickell. Bickell cleared, and was sent to the Charlotte Checkers (AHL), to play for the first time since his diagnosis.
        "[I'll] get my feel back, get some minutes, get some good practices in and then hopefully everything feels good to come back up," Bickell said via CarolinaHurricanes.com.
         Bickell, 30, has 1 point (a goal) in 7 games with the Canes this season. He's missed the last 48 games. He also has a -1 rating and 4 PIM.
          He has 136 points (66 goals and 70 assists) in 391 career NHL games (he also has 192 PIM) with the Canes and the Blackhawks. We don't know when Bickell will return to the NHL, but it seems to be when GM Ron Francis sees that he's ready after his stay with Charlotte.

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