Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 10/17/11

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)

Michael Sauer hit the ice for the first time since opening weekend this afternoon during practice in Vancouver. He's been kept out of the lineup up until this point due to an agitated right shoulder, and it seems as if he will not be in the lineup tomorrow against the Canucks, either.

Sauer mentioned that he is taking the process step-by-step, and skating today was certainly a very big step to take. The Rangers need him back on the blue-line as soon as possible, especially with Marc Staal out, so the more he skates pain-free, the better.

Forward Wojtek Wolski (groin) also skated today, but says he hasn't had enough time to practice as of late. In other words, he likely will not be playing tomorrow either.

 "We're taking it in steps, both on ice and off ice," Sauer explained. "They want me out there making passes and stuff, but not ripping it hard yet. Just being out there handling the puck and being with the boys is great in of itself. I just need to get (the shoulder) strong, get it healthy."

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