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Blackhawks bring back Bickell after healthy scratch

Jan 28, 2014, 8:14 PM EST

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After being a healthy scratch on Sunday, Bryan Bickell returns to the Chicago Blackhawks lineup against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, CSNChicago.com reports.

“It was frustrating but as my game’s been going, I feel like I deserved to sit out,” Bickell said. “(Coach Joel Quenneville) wants to get me angry and mad on the ice and bring the physical game.”

Indeed, it’s been an unhappy new year for Bickell, who only has one point and a -6 rating in 11 January games. The season has been rough overall, too, as he’s struggled to score when he hasn’t been sidelined with knee problems.

The 27-year-old entered the season with high expectations thanks to his four-year, $16 million extension and a breakout postseason run, yet he hasn’t gotten on track in 2013-14. Maybe some more time on the sidelines will help him regain that form.

  1. c9castine - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    bickell is a fine depth player but one of the few truly stupid contracts out there. 4 mil per? thats more than chris kunitz makes for crying out loud.

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