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Report: Bickell suffered significant knee injury, sent back to Chicago

Nov 21, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT

One of the heroes of Chicago’s Stanley Cup championship could be sidelined for a lengthy period of time.

Bryan Bickell, who finished second on the team in postseason goals last year, has reportedly suffered a “significant” left knee injury, according to the Chicago Tribune. The 27-year-old slammed into the net during a 5-1 loss to Colorado on Tuesday midway through the first period, left the game, and didn’t return:

Bickell’s been sent back to Chicago for evaluation — the ‘Hawks are on their annual Circus Trip and have six more road dates remaining — and, on Thursday morning, head coach Joel Quenneville said Bickell would be out for at least a couple of weeks.

The burly power forward has had an erratic start to the season after signing a four-year, $16 million extension with the ‘Hawks in July. He does have five goals through 21 games, but has recorded just six points total and one in his last 11 games.

Chicago has already called up forward Jeremy Morin from AHL Rockford as Bickell’s injury replacement.

  1. auggie1955 - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Bickell doesn’t appear to hit the post all that hard, but I guess you never know. As far as his stats go he always sems to play at another level once the playoffs start. Good thing now the Hawks went out and got Versteeg. Morin was in Quenville’s doghouse for something, even though he played fairly well when he was up earlier in the year. Hopefully Quenville has gotten over it and we don’t have to watch Brookbank play at wing.

  2. pone27 - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    So looks like all of us Hawks fans who said which young guys should make the cut are now all going to be up there.

    Time for Morin to step up just like Pirri.

    As said before me, Steeger back is looking like a good move with Bicks on the sideline.

    It doesn’t take much to really tweak your knee like that, especially when you are sliding on ice at a decent rate of speed. Hopefully this injury doesn’t affect Bicks even when he returns.

  3. comeonnowguys - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Just need him back for the playoffs. Grinding series play is where he’s going to earn his contract.

  4. hammerhead5573 - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Comeonnow – the problem with this injury is Bickell is a big dude. I just can’t see Morin have that big an impact in front. This could be a problem short term. Long term, you are correct, be healthy for playoff run.

  5. lovac2 - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I read the headline and clicked expecting to read about MCL or ACL tear and him being out 6 months and what I read is him being out for two weeks??? Since when does two weeks out mean a significant knee injury?

    • gret9 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Q isn’t exactly forthcoming about injuries. He initially said Zeus was going to be out ‘a bit’ and now he is on IR.

  6. slysipops - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    the knee took impact forcing it sideways. could be worse than it looked. GO HAWKS GO !

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