Bickell will play the final two games of the season and then retire, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. Bickell was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November and spent a lot of time on injured reserve or in the AHL. He played nine NHL games this season, recording just one goal. Bickell was regarded as a physical player, recording over 100 hits five times in his career.
Bickell was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Monday. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Bickell has been on a conditioning stint with Charlotte since late February, posting a goal and three assists over 10 games. It's unclear whether Bickell will play in any of the team's remaining games this season, and if he does, he's not a player that carries much fantasy value. Regardless, it's great to see Bickell's perseverance in getting back to the NHL level.
Bickell (illness) had an assist Saturday in his first hockey game since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He was playing with the AHL Carolette Checkers. Bickell was diagnosed with MS in November and began practicing last month with the Hurricanes. He logged about 10 minutes Saturday while playing on the fourth line.
Bickell (illness) was assigned to AHL Charlotte for the purpose of conditioning, John Dietz of the Daily Herald reports. Bickell is slated to see his first game action tomorrow night since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November. The 30-year-old isn't likely to make a big fantasy impact or even help his team make the playoffs, but it would sure be an unbelievable thing to see him come back in the same season.
Bickell, despite his battle with multiple sclerosis, is bound for AHL Charlotte and eager to play in games, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Bickell's apparent progress and determination to play hockey again is one of the feel-good stories of the year. His heading to the AHL will serve as a conditioning stint of sorts, and there should be plenty of eyes on him to see how he fares in minor-league action. Carolina is nearly mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, so Bickell may have less than two months to try and draw into another NHL game as part of the 2016-17 campaign.
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