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Scratched again: Bickell out vs. Canucks, Quenneville says ‘we need more’

Jan 29, 2014, 10:44 PM EDT

Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 27, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Blackhwaks 2-1 in the shootout.
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Bryan Bickell‘s back in the press box and, apparently, back in his coach’s doghouse as well.

Bickell was dropped from the Chicago lineup for the second time in three games on Wednesday, as head coach Joel Quenneville made the burly power forward a healthy scratch for tonight’s game against the Canucks in Vancouver.

“You try on a regular basis and visiting with him in practice or on the bench during games or between games,” Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times. “In the situation where he didn’t play the other day, last night was O.K.

“But we need more.”

Bickell was dropped from the lineup against Winnipeg on Sunday, replaced by defenseman Mike Kostka — who was playing his first-ever NHL game at forward. Bickell drew back in for last night’s 5-4 OT loss to Calgary, but wasn’t especially effective. In getting just over 10 minutes of play he finished minus-1 with two hits and two shots on goal.

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

“I need to do more and get myself more into the game.”

Bickell, who signed a four-year, $16 million extension after last year’s stellar Stanley Cup run, has struggled mightily under increased expectations this season. Missing 14 games with a knee injury didn’t help 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.

  1. lowenni - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    It was a stupid deal they signed him to. I sort of understand it because I know the Hawks wanted to keep them, and he would’ve gotten that much in free agency from someone else, but they don’t even really need him in their top-6. He got hot at the right time, he was clutch last postseason, but I wouldn’t even count on him being that clutch in the next playoffs. He just doesn’t have enough skill to complement players like Kane consistently. Bust signing.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      I respectfully disagree. I think it’s simply too soon to judge this signing. He’s played roughly half a season – and hasn’t been completely healthy for the majority of it. Remember, he finished the playoffs with injuries requiring surgery.
      Bickell hasn’t met expectations yet….but lets at least give him a fair chance to prove his worth.

  2. tbeilfuss - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Dynasty, do you realize how bad a guy has to be to be a -7 on a team thats +35EV AND hasnt even played the whole season?

    The guy sucks. He has never had 40 POINTS in a season. His career high was in 2011 with 37 points, not goals, points…….playing on an offensive juggernaut…….

    His contract, and crawford’s, was a stunning example of the business side(Blunk) overruling the hockey side(Bowmans) of the blackhawks.

    • tbeilfuss - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      IT was a perfect case of not wanting to hear fan critisism. The business side didnt want to lose “Byfuglien & Niemi” again and face the fans wrath.

  3. footballchamp - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Bickell will be fine. Everyone goes through slumps, and I’m sure the pressure of his new deal is weighing on him, making matters worse.

    Hopefully they stick it out as they were magical in last year’s playoffs. It would be a shame to see them move on, but then again, it’s not that easy to trade a guy who has his numbers combined with that paycheck.

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