On Friday, Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell told CSN’s Tracey Myers that he’s still feeling the affects of vertigo.
“There [are] still symptoms over the course of different situations but I’m working on it every day to get better and better and hopefully it leaves sooner than later,” said Bickell, who was frustrated when he was sidelined by it last spring. “You just want to be out there. Then [over] the course of the summer you think things are getting better, then you kind of take a couple steps backwards. But I think these last couple weeks we’re taking the right steps and just need to stick with the system that’s working and hopefully it doesn’t have to take a couple steps backwards. Just keep moving forward.”
Bickell, 29 (both in number and age), has two year remaining on a contract with a $4M cap hit. He registered 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 80 regular season games last year, but missed some time during the postseason because of the vertigo issues. In 18 playoff appearances, he posted only five assists.
He played only eight shifts in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final series against Anaheim, and then missed Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blackhawks were not initially clear about why he was missing, but Bickell opened up about the vertigo issues prior to Game 3 of the Cup Final.