Bickel, who is averaging 11:05 per game told Brooks that he is getting a lot more coaching with his game now than he did when he first came up:
“There’s been a fair amount of teaching about my positional play, so I just have to continue learning and staying with it.”Marc Staal told Brooks that Bickel is very confident on the ice.
Bickel has four assists and two fights this season.
Bickel is a RFA after the season and has a cap hit of $600,000.
I think that with Bickel and Jeff Woywitka, with the possible recall of Tim Erixon, the Rangers won't make a move for another defenseman at the deadline. Bickel has been a nice surprise and has provided some of what was lost when Michael Sauer went out. I think Bickel has definitely made a good enough case to stay and an even better one to get a new contract for next season.