‘Hawks activate Bickell from IR, demote Morin

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Bryan Bickell is one step closer to returning.

Chicago activated Bickell from injured reserve on Monday, paving the way for his comeback from a knee injury that’s cost him the last 15 games.

To make room for Bickell on the active roster, the ‘Hawks demoted forward Jeremy Morin to AHL Rockford.

Bickell, 28, had an erratic start to the season after signing a four-year, $16 million extension with the ‘Hawks in July. He did have five goals through his first 21 games, but recorded just six points total and one in his last 11 games.

According to head coach Joel Quenneville, Bickell is likely to miss his 16th game in a row when the Hawks take on the Preds on Tuesday. The club is aiming for the burly power forward to return on Friday, when they take on the Canucks.