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Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell broke his own news when he tweeted late Tuesday that he's headed overseas to play in Austria during the work stoppage.

"Tomorrow is the day I bring my skills overseas. #Austria," he said on his @bbick29 account.

With Ben Smith gone to Rockford and no one called up in his place, winger Bryan Bickell has chance to reclaim his spot in the Blackhawks lineup after being a healthy scratch in five consecutive games.

And, he's not about to let it slip from his grasp.

"It's unfortunate it has to come to that," Bickell said. "Ben was working here hard and to show that he wants to be here. Unfortunately, he's gone down. But I'll take the opportunity and do the best I can do with it."

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Replacing Bryan Bickell may not be as daunting as playing without center Dave Bolland or defenseman Brent Seabrook, but the winger is a big loss for the Blackhawks.

Winger Bryan Bickell underwent wrist surgery Monday to repair a tendon that was severed by a skate in Game 2 of the Blackhawks' series against the Vancouver Canucks.

DALLAS -- For the first time all season, the Blackhawks took the ice a player short when Bryan Bickell was ruled out with an illness just before the game against the Stars Thursday.

Bryan Bickell just wanted to prove he belonged in the NHL with the Blackhawks. That's what he repeatedly said as he became the player most often recalled from the Rockford IceHogs last season.

Bickell, a 6-4, 223-pound winger, did just that. Bickell and the Hawks have agreed to a three-year, one-way deal worth a total of $1,625,000, a source told the Sun-Times. He will make $500,000 this coming season and $525,000 and $600,000 the following years.

Skille.jpgJack Skille has been mentioned multiple times by Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman as having a chance to play a bigger role in 2010-11.

Skille, a restricted free agent, just needed to be signed. Now, that appears to be done. The Hawks and Skille's camp have agreed upon a one-year deal, a source said.

Update: The deal is worth $600,000. That's a big difference than his cap hit of more than $1 million the past few years. That inflated cap hit was a reason why Skille didn't see much time with the Hawks.

Bryan Bickell played in his 15th game for the Hawks Wednesday and scored his third goal, which is more than some regulars. He has two goals and an assist in his last four games with the Hawks.

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