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‘Hawks activate Bickell from IR, demote Morin

Dec 16, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT

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Bryan Bickell is one step closer to returning.

Chicago activated Bickell from injured reserve on Monday, paving the way for his comeback from a knee injury that’s cost him the last 15 games.

To make room for Bickell on the active roster, the ‘Hawks demoted forward Jeremy Morin to AHL Rockford.

Bickell, 28, had an erratic start to the season after signing a four-year, $16 million extension with the ‘Hawks in July. He did have five goals through his first 21 games, but recorded just six points total and one in his last 11 games.

According to head coach Joel Quenneville, Bickell is likely to miss his 16th game in a row when the Hawks take on the Preds on Tuesday. The club is aiming for the burly power forward to return on Friday, when they take on the Canucks.

  1. hawksin5 - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    @MH *will return friday, at home, against Vancouver.

  2. agentdw - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    sounds about right^ . and i actually dont like the term “demoted” when they mentioned Morin. “demotion” to me usually means that a guy isnt playing all that well and isnt deserving of his spot on the roster. which for the most part hasnt been the case, Morin has been playing pretty solid for his role. to me, he is being “re-assigned” to make room for Bicks. just goes to show how deep and stacked they are…..

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Agreed. he, along with Pirri will ultimately “stick”. Just checked the Icehogs website and was somewhat surprised to see Clendening leading in points (of course Morin and Pirri have only been there part time).

      If anyone has watched him play recently, I’d like to see how he’s progressing defensively.

  3. pudgalvin - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I sat by Bickell at chipolte last week while we both ate our burritos. That is all.

    • pvs1959 - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Chipolte always gives me an upper-body injury.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Getting him back will hopefully mean the Coach Q stops playing Brookbank as a forward against more physical teams, which is an upgrade;)

  5. blackhawks2010 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Welcome back Bicks, please return Brookbank to Rockford.

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