Vertigo Still An Issue For Bryan Bickell

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.


12 thoughts on “Vertigo Still An Issue For Bryan Bickell

  1. Well, I guess that’s one way to remain on the roster. Keep everyone else thinking you remain to be damaged goods. Not gonna be a lot of takers. Unfortunately, the Hawks may be in limbo for an undetermined time and at Bickell’s mercy.

  2. LTIR to the rescue! Dark times my friends… We will get through all of these issues though…staying strong…

  3. Bummer. I like Bickell. Seems like a nice guy. I was hoping he would have a good season, and maybe he still will but this is disheartening. Don’t get me wrong – I would rather the Hawks have the $4M cap space, but since they haven’t traded him I was hoping he would contribute in a positive way this season.

  4. Friday news dump, this one is extremely interesting. Stan is likely going to bury Bickell on LTIR. I wouldnt be shocked if we never see Bickell again.

    Im guessing Stan sat down w Bicks explained to him he doesnt have any value around the league, im sure Stan shopped the heck out of him and told him this is best for his post career life.

    Seriously 3 months later he is still having these issues? Bickell just scored 2 year “paid leave”. He collects game checks, health insurance and just goes away.

    Hello Bryan this is Kim Johnson welcome to the club!

  5. Very disappointing to learn Bick still has vertigo. It was reported in July that a removed infected tooth may have caused the problem. This means he has no value and may likely need to be put on LTIR so that the Hawks can maintain their quality play. What a tough off-season.

  6. Vertigo has been known to derail and end pro sports careers. One that comes to mind is in baseball, with Nick Esasky of the Atlanta Braves. Mysteriously came down with it, and over the course of a couple of years just couldn’t get over it and had to retire. Certainly doesn’t look like he would be moved with a lingering ailment.

  7. Say what you want about Bryan Bickell, but we don’t beat Boston for the 2013 Stanley Cup without him!

    Thanks Bryan and I wish you all the best!

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