Raphael Diaz

AP Source: Blackhawks place Bryan Bickell on waivers

The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks placed veteran forward Bryan Bickell on waivers Friday in their latest move to reshape their high-priced roster.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press of the decision, and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Blackhawks did not include Bickell as part of their roster moves Friday. Teams have until noon on Saturday to claim Bickell.

In making the move, the Blackhawks freed up $4 million that Bickell's contract represents against their salary cap.

Chicago has made a series of cost-cutting moves this offseason after winning their third championship in six years. The Blackhawks traded...