Best post-lockout Ranger: Round 1, Brendan Shanahan (2) vs. Michael Sauer (15)

Blair Betts won yesterday. As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. Yesterday we saw #7 Blair Betts take out #10 Marcel Hossa. Today’s matchup is #2 Brendan Shanahan vs. #15 Michael Sauer: Brendan Shanahan (acquired – 2006 unrestricted free agent) Shanahan...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Sauer lone RFA that does not receive qualifying offer

As expected, the Rangers have not sent a qualifying offer to injured defenseman Michael Sauer. The other four key RFAs (Ryan McDonah, Mats Zuccarello, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin) all received QO’s, in addition to the newly acquired Justin Falk. To re-hash the QO amounts: Ryan McDonagh: $826,875 Derek Stepan: $826,875 Carl Hagelin: $660,000 Mats Zuccarello: $735,000 Justin Falk...
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July 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers Don't Extend Qualifying Offer to Sauer

As expected, Katie Strang at ESPN reports that the Rangers have not extended a qualifying offer to RFA Michael Sauer and he will become a UFA. Strang adds that Sauer is still dealing with residual effects of the concussion suffered from a hit by Dion Phaneuf on Dec. 5, 2011. ...and that my friends ends Sauer's tenure with the New York Rangers. ...not a suprise...
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July 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Whitney, Hainsey or Zidlicky Could Hold Some Appeal for Rangers

With Michael Sauer, Roman Hamrlik, Matt Gilroy and Steve Eminger all likely not to be re-signed, Dylan McIlrath not ready for a full time role in the NHL just yet and Marc Staal's status in doubt, the Rangers should be in the market for a defenseman this summer and Scott Cullen at TSN says Ryan Whitney, Ron Hainsey or Marek Zidlicky could hold some appeal. Whitney (30-yrs...
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June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Fifty contract limit may dictate Sauer’s future in New York

We may have seen the last of Michael Sauer in the NHL (Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE). Michael Sauer hasn’t played a game for the Rangers since taking a clean Dion Phaneuf hit along the boards in December of last season. His absence had left the Rangers with a huge hole on the blue line until the recent acquisition of John Moore, but still leaves a physical hole that has yet to...
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June 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Sauer to Retire?

During a live chat over at Blueshirts United on Wednesday, host Jim Cerny responded to a question regarding Michael Sauer's (post concussion symptoms) future now that he's a RFA... "I'd be curious to see if Michael Sauer announces his retirement or not...he wouldn't have while still under contract last year, of course, but now as a RFA he just might."...
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June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Michael Sauer is Back? According to NHL 13 He Is

I received some insider info from my brother (@WrabelWrage) regarding NHL 13 and their current roster update which came out yesterday for Xbox 360. After the download is finished, you're left with 2 defenseman that aren't your first options for different reasons.  NHL 13 doesn't give the Rangers John Moore and actually takes away Anton Stralman (some might be...
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May 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers Offended By Maple Leafs Showing Sauer Concussion Video to Pump Up Crowd

According to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record, the Rangers organization was offended during Monday night’s first intermission at the Air Canada Centre when a video clip of Maple Leafs D Dion Phaneuf’s concussion-inducing hit on Michael Sauer was shown on the scoreboard. Apparently, before the hit was shown, the segment host, in a Maple Leafs’ jersey, asked the Air Canada...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

It’s time to put an end to the Stu Bickel era

A microcosm of Bickel’s last year in blue. When Stu Bickel came to the Rangers as a midseason call up last season, he made a lasting impression on the team, the coaching staff, and the fans. He played with that edge that the Rangers lacked since Michael Sauer went down with his concussion. But, we started seeing some questionable aspects about his game, and it started affecting...
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March 09, 2013  |  Discuss

No Timetable on Sauer

Yesterday, I posted some somber news regarding Michael Sauer not even in the conversation for the Rangers this season. Now, Jeff Klein at the New York Times has this from Sauer's agent Ben Hankinson... “I wish I could give you some kind of timetable on when or if he can come back, but I can’t. Unfortunately it’s still day to day, week to week, month to month. Michael’s...
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January 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Sauer Not Even In The Conversation

Tortorella on D Michael Sauer's health (concussion symptoms): "Unfortunately, he's not even in the conversation." #NYR #NHL — Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) January 18, 2013 ...this really isn't breaking news, but still sucks to hear Torts actually say it. Praying that his career isn't over. Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Gaborik good to go; Sauer done for the year

There has a lot of talk about Marian Gaborik and his shoulder, but John Tortorella put all concerns to bed today. Per Steve Zipay, Torts stated that Gaborik is ready to go, and will not miss any of training camp or opening night. Gaborik has been cleared medically for about a month now. This is one area where the lockout benefited the Rangers. A healthy Gaborik gives the Rangers...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

The Plan for Kreider, Miller & Sauer

Back in December I posted that if Chris Kreider's play didn't improve with the CT Whale the Rangers would keep him with their AHL affiliate until he did. Well Kreider's play hasn't improved (just five goals on the season), but Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that the Rangers 2009 first round draft pick is not in the Whale line-up today and will be in training...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Sauer Will Continue to Be Sidelined If There's a Season

Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that if there's a NHL season Michael Sauer will continue to be sidelined the entire year with post concussion syndrome. Brooks adds that Sauer’s $1.25 million will included on the Rangers cap charge, unless they reach the $70.2 million ceiling and then they'll be able to replace it. ...awful news on Sauer to end the year...
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December 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Michael Sauer: The News Continues to Be Unkind

New York Rangers held a Dog Walk charity event at Riverside Park yesterday and head coach John Tortorella held a Q&A session with the fans on hand. One fan asked about Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer and his status. The news was pretty grim (courtesy of Jim Cerny of Blueshirts United)Question: After (Michael) Sauer's concussion, is he doing better and will we see him at...
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September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Torts on Sauer: Not at the beginning of the year

During John Tortorella’s Dog Walk yesterday morning, there was a special Q and A session with the coaching staff. One of the major questions was about the status of defenseman Michael Sauer, to which Torts responded the following: ”I don’t think you’ll see Michael.  Michael hasn’t responded that well—I’ll be quite honest—I do not think you’ll see him at the beginning...
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September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Dylan McIlrath Won't Be Ready for Camp, Michael Sauer Still Not Healthy

2010 first-round pick Dylan McIlrath suffered a dislocated knee cap in the Rangers prospect camp over the summer at the hands of Kyle Jean, putting his attempt at making the Rangers on ice for this season. Jean and McIlrath are likely to be teammates with the Connecticut Whale this seasonBruce Berlet of Howlings.net spoke to McIlrath recently about his rehab and his thoughts on the...
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September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Intriguing Rangers prospects

Obviously we have no idea yet whether there will be a 2012/13 NHL season starting on time, a training camp or a pre-season. Hey, right now we have no idea whether there will be regular season play at all. Regardless, there are plenty of prospects in the organisation that offer legitimate intrigue. Whether they will be fighting for NHL jobs, making waves with the Connecticut Whale...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Musings: Counting down to the inevitable lockout edition

Don’t get too caught up in various CBA proposals that show the Rangers as being way below a projected new salary cap or way above it.  These are all hypothetical situations and the truth is that New York’s position really could go either way.   Regardless, the new cap will surely be grandfathered in, giving the Rangers and every other team ample time to figure out a plan of...
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August 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Michael Sauer Still Not Cleared For Rangers Return Even If Season Is Delayed

The New York Rangers have had a fairly impressive offseason, finally landing Rick Nash in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets and re-signing many of their top players from last year’s squad that reached the Eastern Conference Finals. While they are hopeful that negotiations will go well with Michael Del Zotto over the next couple of weeks, the Rangers know that...
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August 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers "Not Close" to Deal with Del Zotto; Sauer Update

While the NHL and NHLPA are in a CBA dispute that will jeopardize the 2012-13 season, the New York Rangers have some "disputes" themselves that they are dealing with in their own camp. Number one on the list is concerning Group II restricted free agent Michael Del Zotto. The 22-year-old defenseman, who recorded ten goals and 41 points in 77 games last season, is still without...
Via The Rangers Tribune
August 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers/Del Zotto Far Apart; Sauer Feeling Better

Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that the Rangers and Michael Del Zotto (RFA) are not close to striking a deal.Brooks adds that Negotiations are expected to intensify over the next couple of weeks.The Blueshirts are believed to be offering a multi-year deal in the neighborhood of $2.2 million to $2.5 million per season.Del Zotto's last contract paid him $1.087 million...
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August 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Signing Doan Would Cost Rangers In Long Run

Elliot Olshansky at Sports World Report says that while signing Shane Doan would improve the Rangers this season, it would cost them in the long run..."Four Rangers are due to become restricted free agents next summer: forwards Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin and defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer. If Doan were to sign in New York for $7 million per year, the Rangers would...
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August 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers Seeking Second Pairing Defenseman?

Rangers beat writer Jim Cerny hosts weekly chats on Blueshirts United and of course the topic of defense came up. With Erixon's departure and Michael Sauer's status still up in the air, the Rangers are still lacking a defenseman (unless Tortorella is happy to play Stu Bickel 3 minutes per game for the entire season). Per Cerny, the Rangers are attempting to solve that issue...
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August 09, 2012  |  Discuss

The enormous impact of Michael Sauer’s potential return

Recent reports from radio color commentator Dave Maloney and from Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park that Michael Sauer has made “tremendous progress” have added to what has been a spectacular late-July for the New York Rangers. Though Tim Erixon was a necessary piece to acquire Rick Nash, trading him left the Blueshirts woefully thin on the blueline.  The top-four of Ryan...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss
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