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‘Hawks re-sign Bickell: Four years, $16 million

Jun 30, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

Bryan Bickell, Michal Handzus AP

After clearing some cap space by dealing Dave Bolland to Toronto and Michael Frolik to Winnipeg, the Chicago Blackhawks signed power forward Bryan Bickell to a four-year contract extension.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports it’s a $16 million deal, with an average annual cap hit of $4 million. That’s a sizeable raise for Bickell, who was making a modest $541,666 per year on his old deal.

The 27-year-old winger had a breakthrough playoff performance en route to the Stanley Cup, in which he scored 17 points in 23 games — including nine goals — emerging as the big-body, net-front presence the club lacked since Dustin Byfuglien filled it during the 2010 Stanley Cup run.

That came on the heels of a successful 2013 regular season, in which he had 23 points in 48 games while averaging close to 13 minutes per game.

Bickell had indicated his desire to stay in Chicago, hinting that he’d be willing to take a hometown discount to remain in the Windy City. He was originally selected by the ‘Hawks at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and has spent all six of his professional seasons with the team.

According to LeBrun, Bickell will receive a $1 million bonus plus $2 million in salary for next season, then $4 million in 2014-15, then $4.5 million in each of last two years of the deal.

Should be noted that Chicago shed approximately $5.7 million in salary today with the Bolland and Frolik deals.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    I would’ve been tough to let him go after that playoff performance.

    • hammerhead5573 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Agreed.

  2. jernster21 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Good for Bickell, he deserves it. On the plus side, if it doesn’t work out with Chicago they can always trade him to Calgary – they seem to accept contracts with 4 million dollar cap hits (David Jones).

  3. hammerhead5573 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    I would say 4 mil a year is not a tremendous hit for the Hawks. Hopefully they get Leddy and Kruger resigned now.

  4. toewsingkaner - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Great re-sign…now time to give Leddy a raise!

  5. slysipops - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    of the three moves i’ve heard the hawks made so far , this is certainly the best ! BOLLAND.. i could understand… FROLIK ..i hope this is not a mistake . great job this year BICKS !

    • 2difshoe - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Thanks for the effort and Stanley Cup game winning goal Dave Bolland !

      Bicks is a great signing…losing Frolik, he was an integral part of the PK.
      I hope this does not turn around a bit the Hawks…Frolik and Kruger on the Hawks PK, easily the best in the NHL.

      Hawk fan

  6. drewzducks - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Seems like a lot of dough given his limited career numbers, however, given their recent success, especially their incredibly quick salary cap hell overhaul after 2010, it’s hard to questionANYTHING Bowman and the boys have done of late.

    Signed a very impressed and humbled Bruins fan.

    • jernster21 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      They’ve been missing a guy like Bickell since Byfuglien…4 million is well worth it – they couldn’t afford the 5.2mm that Buff is making.

  7. adambballn - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Hawks made a lot of good moves today… Bolland and Frolik freed up some cap space to resign a lot of guys including Bickell and opened up roster spots for cheaper players like Pirri who lead the AHL in scoring this season.

  8. briggsisbrokeagain - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Bolland and Frolik will be missed, and Bolland won 2 cups in Chicago since he’s been here, that’s quite a career if it ended now, but he’ll probably play more in Toronto and that’s his hometown. Hawks are in great shape vs the salary cap now, even with the Bickel signing and they have at least 4 guys they can move up to take Bolly and Frolik’s place. I just hope all their injuries heal in time for next season.

  9. greenmtnboy31 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    This is a great coupe for Stanley Bowman and the Hawks. Bickell has proven himself to be among the elite power forwards in the game as well as a Bruins and Chara killer specifically. They had no answer for him and he’s too fast for Chara and has some good size to go with it. It doesn’t matter what he was making, because $4M/yr is a steal for a player like this.

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