Bickell and talented young forward Teuvo Teravainen were dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday in exchange for a second-round draft selection in 2016 and a third-round pick in 2017.
The Blackhawks had been exploring opportunities to move Bickell and his eyesore of a contract since not long after he inked his four-year, $16-million extension for a breakout performance in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Bickell racked up just 45 points in three seasons since signing the deal and spent the majority of last season in the American Hockey League, gobbling up a significant portion of the Blackhawks' cap.
Losing Teravainen is no minor consequence, but the 21-year-old Finn didn't catch on with the club's top six as quickly as many anticipated. He contributed 13 goals and 35 points in his first full season in Chicago's top nine.
Carolina maintains six picks in the first three rounds of this upcoming draft, three in the first two rounds in 2017, and has only about $45 million tied up in player contracts for this upcoming season.
Hockey Night in Canada's Punjabi broadcasters, or the men who made the most of Nick Bonino's surname throughout the postseason, met the Pittsburgh Penguins before their Stanley Cup parade on Wednesday.
It didn't take long, of course, before they were encouraged to recreate their genius.
The contract will reportedly pay the restricted free agent $2.075 million per season.
Sheahan, 24, scored a career-best 14 goals last season, but did take a step back in overall production, netting a modest 25 points in 81 games.
The former first-round draft pick hasn't proven he can be a consistent top-six contributor for Detroit, and seems at risk of being overrun by the organization's prospects. But the Wings apparently think enough of Sheahan's work down the middle and in a bottom-six role to have him continue working toward becoming a consistent offensive contributor.
The Ducks made a splash on Tuesday by announcing the return of Randy Carlyle as the team's head coach. For the 60-year-old it marks the second time he has manned the head coaching position in Anaheim, doing so from 2005-12.
While the rehire might come as a surprise - given his firing after just 24 games in 2012 - it's not first time a team has elected to reintroduce a former coach.
Here are five other coaches that saw teams bring them on for more than one tenure:
The 49-year-old coached the club for 13 years, but not all in succession. Maurice joined the franchise in 1995 when it was the Hartford Whalers, remaining with the club after its move to Carolina in 1997.
He would remain with the team until 2004 - helping the team reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2002 - when he was fired after 30 games. After stints in the American Hockey League and two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he rejoined the Hurricanes for the 2008-09 season.
He would remain until the 2011-12 campaign where - after another slow start - Maurice was canned after going 8-13-4 in 25 games.
Jacques Lemaire's story with the New Jersey Devils is one of trying to rekindle what was once great.
Lemaire coached five seasons with the Devils from 1993-98, capturing the Stanley Cup during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season. Lemaire was let go by the Devils after his division-winning club bowed out in the first round in 1998.
After joining the Minnesota Wild for eight years until 2009, he rejoined the Devils for the 2009-10 season. Lemaire would lead the team to a first-place finish in his first year, retiring thereafter. However, just when you thought he was out, they bring him right back in.
Lemaire took over the following season for a struggling John MacLean for the remaining 49 games, where he would go an impressive 29-17-3 before finally calling it a career.
It might not be well known, but John Tortorella's stint with the New York Rangers from 2008-13 wasn't his first.
John Muckler was fired with just four games remaining in the 1999-00 season as the club failed to make the playoffs for the third straight year.
In firing Muckler, the team named Tortorella interim head coach for the remaining four games. Ron Lowe was hired as the team's head coach the next year and Tortorella joined the Tampa Bay Lightning midway through the season.
He would return to the Rangers in 2009, replacing Tom Renney and we all know how that went.
Punch Imlach coached the Toronto Maple Leafs through arguably their most successful seasons in franchise history.
Imlach joined the club at 40 years old for the 1958-59 season and three years later lead the club to its first of three consecutive Stanley Cup victories.
He would collect his fourth Cup - and the franchise's last - in 1967. But after missing the postseason the following year and being swept in the first round after that, his reign with the club was over.
That was until 11 years later when he rejoined the Maple Leafs as the club's new general manager. Imlach would hire Floyd Smith who - after 68 games - was injured in a car accident. Dick Duff served as interim head coach for two games before Imlach took over for the final 10 contests, going 5-5-0.
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