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Bickell at risk of one-hit wonder label

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07:24 AM ET 07.30 | If this were the music world, we'd be wondering about one-hit wonder status -- and it's up to the players, such as Chicago's Bryan Bickell, to avoid the label. Bickell was every bit as surprising during the Stanley Cup Playoffs as Bobrovsky was during the regular season. After scoring nine goals in 48 regular-season games for the Chicago Blackhawks, he matched that total in 25 games during the playoffs. The last one came with 1:16 left in regulation of Game 6 in the Final and tied the score 2-2; Dave Bolland's goal 17 seconds later gave the Blackhawks the Cup. The Blackhawks made a long-term commitment to Bickell this summer; now he has to prove he's ready to step into a more substantial role.

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July 30, 2013  08:44 AM ET

what a load of speculative nonsense. Like wishing the kid to fail...

July 30, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Bickell at risk of one-hit wonder label

The Ohio Express?

July 30, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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Bickell at risk of one-hit wonder labelThe Ohio Express?

1910 Fruitgum Co.

July 30, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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1910 Fruitgum Co.

Mungo Jerry.

July 30, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

what a load of speculative nonsense. Like wishing the kid to fail...

Agree. This sort of "what if" crap isn't journalism. Makes about as much sense as saying 'IF Bickell scores 97 goals and the Blackhawks go undefeated in the regular season some folks in the league will probably say he's got an outside chance for the Hart trophy"!"

July 30, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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Mungo Jerry.

R. Dean Taylor

July 30, 2013  10:07 AM ET

quick hijack alert:
This headline struck me funny:
Tony Romo wants to play in Hall of Fame game

because it should have been followed by: That's the only way he'll ever get NEAR the place

We now rerurn to our ongoing silliness:

CW McCall

July 30, 2013  10:20 AM ET

Norman Greenbaum

July 30, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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R. Dean Taylor

Did he play for the Colts?

July 30, 2013  10:24 AM ET

Lost Dustin Byfuglien after the 2010 Cup win and missed his presence in front of the net...couldn't have the same thing happen again by having Bickell slip away.

July 30, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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Mungo Jerry.

Question Mark and the Mysterians

July 30, 2013  10:49 AM ET

The difference between the music world and Bickell, is you can still make the hits when you're 70, ala Mick Jagger.

July 30, 2013  10:52 AM ET
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Bickell at risk of one-hit wonder label The Ohio Express?

I feel sorry for whoever is on the receiving end of that one-hit though.

July 30, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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Did he play for the Colts?

close...."Indiana Wants Me"

July 30, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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Lost Dustin Byfuglien after the 2010 Cup win and missed his presence in front of the net...couldn't have the same thing happen again by having Bickell slip away.

And traded Niemi away. Do it once shame on them, do it twice, they're just stupid.

July 30, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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what a load of speculative nonsense. Like wishing the kid to fail...

Agree. I read that garbage yesterday on that web site about him and a bunch of other players they targeted. It's hogwash. Pure speculation based on nothing. Bryan Bickell didn't come out of nowhere. He's been in their system since he was drafted in 2004, slowly developing (emphasis on slowly). He spent 3 years with the Rockford IceHogs. The Hawks did an excellent job introducing him to the NHL over time until he showed he was ready. He's definitely not in the "one-hit wonder" category.

July 30, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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Agree. I read that garbage yesterday on that web site about him and a bunch of other players they targeted. It's hogwash. Pure speculation based on nothing. Bryan Bickell didn't come out of nowhere. He's been in their system since he was drafted in 2004, slowly developing (emphasis on slowly). He spent 3 years with the Rockford IceHogs. The Hawks did an excellent job introducing him to the NHL over time until he showed he was ready. He's definitely not in the "one-hit wonder" category.

exactly. Is he ever going to be an MVP guy? probably not. Would you like a guy that hits that that AND can actually play? Heck yeah

July 30, 2013  11:15 AM ET

And the lack of Byfuglien caused what effect? Anyone think the Hawks would have been back to the Cup in 2011 or 2012 if Byfuglien would have been on the team? Not a chance. And the money they would have ****ed away on Dustin would have cost them a better player down the line.
BTW, anyone hear the reports old Dusty is around 300 lbs these days?

The point they were trying to make, should you pay a guy with average stats, at best, over parts of 6 NHL seasons, just because he had one outstanding post season, at 27?

The answer is yes pay him, but not over pay.

4 years - $16M. The Hawks overpaid.

As a Hawk fan I would be happy to be proven wrong on this one.

July 30, 2013  11:42 AM ET
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..... should you pay a guy with average stats, at best, over parts of 6 NHL seasons, just because he had one outstanding post season, at 27? The answer is yes pay him, but not over pay. 4 years - $16M. The Hawks overpaid. As a Hawk fan I would be happy to be proven wrong on this one.

Everybody's overpaying these days, especially for a guy with his assets. If the Hawks didn't, you can bet your boots somebody else would have in a heart beat.

And, for what it's worth, the Hawks are managing their finances (cap space) far better than most in the NHL these days so, you shouldn't worry too much about Bryan. If he becomes a burden to you, we'll be happy to swap Jordin Tootoo for him. ;-)

 
July 30, 2013  11:51 AM ET
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And the lack of Byfuglien caused what effect? Anyone think the Hawks would have been back to the Cup in 2011 or 2012 if Byfuglien would have been on the team? Not a chance. And the money they would have ****ed away on Dustin would have cost them a better player down the line. BTW, anyone hear the reports old Dusty is around 300 lbs these days?The point they were trying to make, should you pay a guy with average stats, at best, over parts of 6 NHL seasons, just because he had one outstanding post season, at 27? The answer is yes pay him, but not over pay. 4 years - $16M. The Hawks overpaid.As a Hawk fan I would be happy to be proven wrong on this one.

are there some who call you....Tim?

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