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Quenneville: ‘We need a lot more’ from Bickell after healthy scratch vs. Jets

Jan 27, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 14: Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks moves to the puck against the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center on November 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 5-4 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

Bryan Bickell‘s nightmarish campaign hit a low on Sunday, as he was dropped from the lineup in a 3-1 loss to Winnipeg and replaced by defenseman Michael Kostka — who played his first NHL game at forward.

“Coach’s decision,” Joel Quenneville said of Bickell’s scratch, per ESPN Chicago. “We need a lot more. We’re looking for more.”

Bickell, who signed a four-year, $16 million extension after his stellar Stanley Cup run, has struggled mightily under increased expectations. Missing 14 games with a knee injury hasn’t helped things but, even when healthy, Bickell has yet to find the form that saw him score nine goals and 17 points in 23 games last postseason, emerging as a key power forward en route to Chicago’s second Cup in four years.

The 27-year-old was minus-6 in 11 games prior to the Winnipeg contest, scoring just one goal. Quenneville had trimmed his minutes significantly, holding Bickell under 10 in each of Chicago’s last six games before finally dropping him in favor of Kostka on Sunday.

  1. bsaures - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    The risks of signing a guy who for production during 1 playoff run

  2. bsaures - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    The risks of signing a guy for production during 1 playoff run

  3. kingcobraman - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    over rated….

  4. joey4id - Jan 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    More what? Bickell’s stats to date indicates that he is maintaining his pace of 1G per 5.5 games, which he had prior to the shortened season. He’s behind in assists and PIM. If Q wants him to use his grit and body to create more scoring opportunities for his line mates, then that would make sense. Why would a smart guy like Q be asking for more goals from a player like Bickell? idk

    • djpep - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      I think a main problem with Bickell is that he HAS stopped using his body. Other than Bollig, Bicks is the only guy with any physicality. He needs to pick it back up.

  5. lovac2 - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    No worries… Bickell is just waiting for the playoffs to start.

  6. djpep - Jan 27, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Hawks need a lot more for a number of other guys besides Bickell. Handzus and Versteeg for starters. Both are having trouble keeping up.

    Neither are making the kind of money Bickell is, but they’ve been ineffective for awhile now. As much as I like Steeger, once he enters the o-zone, he stops moving his feet. Handzus can’t move his feet.

    • slysipops - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      aint that the truth ! way too many blind passes in their own d’zone leading to goals against or chaos of one type or another . VERSTTEG started out well but has stagnated lately for some reason .HANDZUS has always played like this…. short streaks of energy and then comes the coasting. i think the team rung the rag with him last playoffs ( short season maybe ? ) i wasn’t overjoyed to see him comeback this year….. i hope he makes me eat those words ! maybe the coaching staff needs to get away and rethink what and how the team is doing things .

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