Minnesota has put veteran tough guy Stu Bickel on waivers, per the Star-Tribune.
Bickel, 28, inked a one-year deal with the Wild this summer after spending most of his professional career with the Rangers’ organization. A Minnesota native that played one season with the NCAA’s Golden Gophers, Bickel didn’t dress for either of the Wild’s opening two games of the season against Colorado.
Bickel’s best NHL campaign came under John Tortorella with the Rangers in 2011-12, when he played in a career-high 51 regular season games and appeared in 18 playoff contests during New York’s run to the Eastern Conference Final.
While this isn’t an earth-shattering transaction, it does fall in line with the recent trend of teams not carrying enforcers on their 23-man rosters. The Leafs waived Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren prior to the start of the regular season, while the Flyers did the same with Zack Stortini and Jay Rosehill.