Bickel to join Gomez, Upshall at Blues camp on PTO
There will be a third NHL veteran looking to score a contract in St. Louis this preseason -- defenseman Stu Bickel, who on Wednesday signed a professional tryout with the Blues.
Bickel, 28, is a veteran of 76 regular season and 18 playoff games, most coming with the Rangers. He did appear in nine contests for Minnesota last season, but spent most of the campaign with the club’s AHL affiliate in Iowa.
As mentioned above, Bickel isn’t the only PTO at St. Louis camp. Former Devils center Scott Gomez will also be looking to secure a new deal, as will ex-Panthers winger Scottie Upshall.
As for Bickel’s chances of making the team... well, they seem slim. The Blues have a ton of talent on defense, and already made a couple of veteran UFA depth pickups earlier this summer in Andre Benoit and Peter Harrold.