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American Hockey League

Bryan Bickell clears waivers, will start season with Blackhawks

Even as Bryan Bickell was skating at the Blackhawks' morning practice Saturday, he was cognizant of the time. "What is it, 11:16 a.m. now? So I'm still here," Bickell said after the skate. That's because a day earlier, the Hawks had placed Bickell on waivers, and the fact he was at his locker at 11 a.m. Saturday meant he had cleared waivers and still was a member of the Hawks. Not another NHL team, not the Rockford IceHogs, but the Hawks, and that meant something to Bickell. "It was a little bit of a shock (to be placed on waivers), but … there's always two sides of it," Bickell said before the Hawks' exhibition finale Saturday night...