NHL teams have 24 hours to claim Bickell.
Bickell signed a four-year, $16-million contract following the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, after recording nine goals and eight assists in 23 postseason games while helping Chicago win a title. One year later, he added another seven goals in team's 2014 playoff run.
Bickell struggled in the 2014–15 regular season and finished with just 14 goals and 14 assists, though the Blackhawks won another Stanley Cup.
Bickell was placed on waivers after forward Marko Dano was sent to Rockford of the American Hockey League. If Bickell clears waivers, the Blackhawks could save an estimated $925,000 in cap space.
If Bickell leaves for another team, Jonathan Toews, Martin Hossa, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson will be the final remaining members of the Blackhawks championship teams from 2010, 2013 and 2015.
- Christopher Chavez