Watching Bickell play against us, I had rotating thoughts in my head, such as:
- Man, that guy is crazy
- Man, I really dislike that guy right now
- Man, he'd be a nice guy to have in a Wings sweater
Maybe we don't really need him, but I'm probably just conditioned to think that way after years of the Wings acquiring players that were detested elsewhere and turning them into fan favorites (Chelios, Shanny, Hull, etc.). Unfortunately, he'll probably get a disproportionate amount of attention as a free agent, and will probably be paid more than he's worth.
Bickell, unlike Tootoo, has the size and toughness to be a true presence without getting himself stupidly thrown in the box. He isn't a very skilled player, but as he showed against us, you can throw him on a 3rd line and he will get involved on offense.