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With free agency looming, Bryan Bickell says he wants to stay with champion Blackhawks

Thursday, 06.27.2013 / 3:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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With free agency looming, Bryan Bickell says he wants to stay with champion Blackhawks

CHICAGO - Bryan Bickell is looking forward to Friday's parade and rally for the Chicago Blackhawks' second Stanley Cup title in four seasons.

The big forward also hopes to be a part of more celebrations in the city in the coming years.

Bickell is eligible for unrestricted free agency and could cash in after coming up with a big post-season despite playing the last series against Boston with a sprained right knee that raised questions about if he would be able to play at all against the Bruins.

But the 27-year-old Bickell, drafted by Chicago in 2004, wants to remain with the Blackhawks and is open to giving the team a discount in order to stay. He says his agent has talked to general manager Stan Bowman about a new contract.

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