Found December 07, 2011 on The Rangers Tribune:
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The New York Rangers have announced that defenseman Michael Sauer is day-to-day with a concussion. Sauer caught a high hit to the head from Dion Phaneuf in the third period of Monday's 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. No other details have been released, so the severity of the concussion is unknown at the moment.

Nevertheless, this is a big loss for the Rangers on defense. Sauer fills an important role on the second pairing, and in my opinion, the Rangers do not possess another defenseman comparable to him, at least from a physical standpoint. Anton Stralman will not fill the empty slot.

Sauer has a goal and two assists in 19 games and also missed time earlier in the season because of a strained right shoulder.

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