With Pittsburgh winning the Stanley Cup on Sunday night, the offseason is officially under way for the NHL.
The first events on the offseason calendar come Wednesday, 48 hours after the Cup is clinched.
— General Fanager (@generalfanager) June 13, 2016
Wednesday is the opening of the first buyout period for teams across the NHL.
And Bryan Bickell’s name may be mentioned early in the process.
Bickell, 30, had two assists in 25 games with the Blackhawks during the 2015-16 regular season; he appeared in 47 games with the IceHogs after being demoted.
Originally a second round pick (41st overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Blackhawks, Bickell scored 65 goals and added 70 assists in 384 regular season games. The best season of his career came in 2010-11 when he scored 17 goals with 20 assists, both career highs. During the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Bickell posted 17 points in 23 games as the Hawks won their second Stanley Cup in four seasons.
After that postseason performance, Bickell was rewarded with a four-year, $16M deal.
He has simply never lived up to the dollars he was given.
If Bickell is bought out this summer, his cap hit for the 2016-17 season would be $1,000,000 – a $3,000,000 cap savings for the coming season (if Bickell is on the NHL roster). However, Bickell would carry a $1,500,000 cap hit for the 2017-18 season if bought out.