Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 10/27/11

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Blake Wheeler #26 of the Boston Bruins fights to retain possession against Michael Sauer #32 of the New York Rangers during the game on September 15, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Sorry for the delay, we usually aim to post these things around 7a, but Dave is in California for work, Chris is already serving beer in the UK, and my commute doubles in duration every time it rains. Anyway, here are some quick thoughts before we prepare for the opener tonight. Feel free to chime in below… Amateur Hour The other day we provided video of Adam Mair delivering an awful blindside hit to Mats Zuccarello down in the AHL. The outcome? Mair received just 4 games. Way to follow big brother’s footsteps. The Sauer Effect Michael Sauer returns to the lineup tonight and the internet is abuzz with his potential impact. I wouldn’t expect the offense to all of sudden magically click, but where Sauer will help is on the possession side of the puck. The Rangers were a little too scrambled in their own end the past couple of games and Sauer is excellent at separating players from the puck. Sauer also provides excellent gap control in the neutral zone and rarely gets caught flat...
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