Bickell is expected to sign a one-day contract with Chicago on Wednesday in order to retire a Blackhawk, David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Bickell's career came to an end last season when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November. He's regarded as a legend in Chicago after scoring the tying goal against the Bruins in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
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 Saturday 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, was waived Thursday for the purpose of playing games with AHL Charlotte.
Bickell's apparent progress and determination to play hockey again is one of the feel-good stories of the year. Assuming he clears waivers, his next step in 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.
Bickell, who is dealing with multiple sclerosis, said he's aiming to return during a homestand Feb. 17-26, NHL.com reports.
Bickell skated prior to Tuesday's game against the Capitals as part of his conditioning regimen. Fortunately, the winger said that he has responded well to treatment for the serious disease, adding that he'd welcome the opportunity of going on an official conditioning stint with AHL Charlotte before returning for an NHL game. While it appears that Bickell still has some hurdles to clear in his recovery, there's no questioning this guy's heart and dedication to the game of hockey. Here's hoping he continues to progress so well.
Bickell (illness) wore a non-contact yellow jersey at Thursday's practice, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
It's great to see Bickell, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, taking gradual steps to getting back on the ice. Bickell reportedly remains very upbeat about the treatment he's receiving, although there is still no timetable for his return to action. He remains out indefinitely until further notice.
Bickell (illness) has been placed back on injured reserve according to the NHL's official media site.
This is basically just a formality at this point as Bickell is expected to undergo treatment for multiple sclerosis and miss at least an extended period of time. We wish him the best as he starts on the road to recovery.
Bickell, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, is not listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
The hope is that physical therapy will help Bickell manage the incurable disease. It's a bit curious that the winger has been removed from injured reserve given that he currently has no timetable for his return, but far more important is that Bickell gets the proper care and recovers well.
Bickell (illness) was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis Friday.
There's currently no known cure for multiple sclerosis, but physical therapy can alleviate symptoms. It seems incredibly unlikely that Bickell will play this year as he begins to receive treatment, but it isn't out of the question that he'll return to the game at some point in the distant future.
Bickell (illness) will not play Thursday against the Ducks.
Bickell missed Wednesday's practice to undergo testing for the ailment he is dealing with and will apparently require some additional time off to restore his health. Joakim Nordstrom and Phil Di Giuseppe are due to see an uptick in ice time while Bickell remains sidelined.
Bickell was absent from practice Wednesday and was undergoing testing for an undisclosed injury.
Bickell has garnered just one point this season and has been a healthy scratch for the previous four outings. When he has been on the icec, the veteran has been utilized on the power play, averaging 1:46 of ice time per night with the man advantage, However, his infrequent appearances make him a risky fantasy option, combined with his lack of production, and owners may want to consider replacing Bickell in their lineup.
Bickell has zero points through four games this season, averaging just 10:18 in ice time skating on the Canes' fourth line.
Bickell was essentially a spare part in the trade that brought Teuvo Teravainen to town back in June. He has really been nothing more than a checking-line option for most of his career, and that doesn't look to be changing anytime soon. As a result, he currently offers little to no fantasy value in most standard formats.
Bickell was acquired by Carolina from Chicago along with Teuvo Teravainen in exchange for a 2016 second-round pick and a 2017 third-round pick.
Bickell's outrageous $4 million cap hit was the reason he was shipped out of Chicago as the organization seeks to increase cap space for next season. On the year, the 30-year-old garnered a paltry two helpers in a mere 25 appearances. It is unclear whether or not the winger will actually suit up for the Hurricanes as the team could still pursue a buyout prior to the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
Bickell was reassigned to AHL Rockford on Monday.
The roller coaster that is Brian Bickell and the Blackhawks continues, with the 30-year-old seeing just two games with Chicago in his most recent stint. While it seemed he could return to playoff action with the Blackhawks, any hopes of that have died following his demotion. He will likely now participate in the AHL playoffs unless the team requires another forward later in the postseason.
Bickell was recalled from AHL Rockford on Wednesday.
It's possible the recall was on an emergency basis with numerous forwards having questionable statuses heading into Thursday's game, but the team has did not state that to be the case. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound winger will finally get another chance with the after tallying 31 points in 44 games with the IceHogs, but even if he does draw into the lineup Thursday, it's unlikely Bickell will see enough ice time to gain fantasy relevance.
Bickell was reassigned to AHL Rockford on Sunday.
Bickell struggled in his time with the Blackhawks this season, notching just two assists in 23 contests that finally led to a demotion back to the AHL. It's quite possible the 29-year-old winger will rejoin the club at some point this season, but he'll attempt to get his head right in a stint with the AHL affiliate for the time being.
Bickell has been waived by the Blackhawks, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
This is the second time this season that Bickell has been waived. Bickell is due to make $4 million with his contract expiring in 2017, and that's simply too much bank for a depth winger.
Bickell was recalled by the Blackhawks on Sunday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Bickell struggled immensely to start the year in Chicago, failing to register a point in seven games, but has produced enough in the AHL to warrant a second look. The 29-year-old has seven goals and seven assists in 12 games at Rockford and will replace Viktor Tikhonov, who was just claimed off waivers by Arizona.