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Isca92
07-27-2012, 09:52 AM
Has been talked about in several posts so made its own. If this continues to go there could be no more moves.

"Earlier this week, Rangers analyst Dave Maloney was on Edmonton Radio 630 and said that Michael Sauer has made “tremendous progress” in his recovery from his concussion.

The exact quote from Maloney is “the guy who is feeling better and I think that if he is in the Rangers lineup I think the Rangers beat the Devils, that guy is Michael Sauer. Michael Sauer is apparently making tremendous progress and feeling better. So you take Tim Erixon out of the mix and there is a hope and a thought that Sauer is better. Their first pick this year was a young defenseman, McIlrath banged his knee up at development. That being said there is a lot of hope that Michael Sauer can be the Michael Sauer he was two years ago and the Rangers then get that much better on the blue line.

via Brett

It was reported late last month that Sauer was doing “much better” but still had ways to go.

Glen Sather said at the draft that Sauer was doing better but “coming along slowly.” "

Adam Rotter, SNYRANGERS
Link http://www.snyrangersblog.com/

NYR_NYJ
07-27-2012, 09:58 AM
Great news for the Rangers, he was really missed in the playoffs and down the stretch.

If he comes back at 100% it would be like adding another FA.

bsi
07-27-2012, 10:26 AM
Nice, getting him back would be huge for the strength of our 3rd pair D.

ShadyOne
07-27-2012, 10:28 AM
Awesome, this team really missed him. Getting him back makes us a nearly complete team.

Hope this will be sooner than later

bsi
07-27-2012, 11:11 AM
He's the perfect third pair D for this team. Hopefully he gets back and Stralman is working on improving his strength and defensive awareness.

Isca92
07-27-2012, 11:29 AM
If come playoff time our D is Mcdonagh, Girardi, Staal, Del Zotto, Stralman, and Sauer, I will be very happy.

NYY09
07-27-2012, 02:43 PM
If come playoff time our D is Mcdonagh, Girardi, Staal, Del Zotto, Stralman, and Sauer, I will be very happy.

x2

metswon69
07-27-2012, 03:57 PM
Good to hear, was just about to ask how Sauer was doing :)

YankeeFanAlways
07-27-2012, 04:49 PM
This is some of the best news I've seen in a while. If he comes back healthy, we are oh so deep at D. I just hope he doesn't come back as the type of player we worry about every time he get's hit.

averymustgo
07-29-2012, 02:23 PM
I thought Sauer was our best, defensive defenseman the previous year. The defense will be scary tough with him.

NYY09
07-29-2012, 03:09 PM
The joys of good drafting and trading. Where would the team be without its young d-corp? Kinda amazing when you think about it, the entire D, minus McD, has been acquired through the draft. Awesome work Gordie and Co.

yanksrock
07-29-2012, 03:13 PM
This is our year.

apdamico
07-29-2012, 03:48 PM
Nice, getting him back would be huge for the strength of our 3rd pair D.

Isn't Sauer a right-handed defenseman? I would think if he's back to 100%, he'd be on on 2nd line defensive pairing and Stralman on the 3rd pairing.

Sauer was one of the top plus/minus defensemen in the league, prior to his injury, that doesn't sound like a 3rd line defenseman to me.

JMHO, - if he's 100%, he's going to be teamed with Staal on the 2nd line, with MDZ and Stralman on our the 3rd pairing. Regardless, with Sauer back - Great Depth!

runnermjr1296
07-29-2012, 08:37 PM
Fantastic news

Redfish
08-01-2012, 09:38 AM
A couple of posts referenced a Sauer return as helping our 3rd line. When healthy, there is no doubt that Michael Sauer is our 2nd line defenseman, paired with Marc Staal. Defensively, Sauer was playing very sound and strong defense and is really our only defenseman that has some snarl to his game.

Perhaps he starts on the 3rd line to get his game back but, onve that occurs, I believe it will be:

Mcd / Girardi
Staal / Sauer
MDZ / Stralman

That would represent a very strong 6-man unit in front of, well, you know who.

Isca92
08-01-2012, 10:10 AM
Redfish, I see what your saying, but I think he goes on the third pairing. IMO its more of a 2b pairing. Stralman has played well with both Staal and MDZ over the past season and playoffs. IMO Sauer (once back to form) is more stable on defense then Stralman, Sauer would allow MDZ to have alittle more offensive freedom then playing with Stralman. Staal and Stralman together will both be able to pick and choose when to go and when stay.

When all is said and done, I see Mcdonagh/Girardi logging 25 minutes and Staal/MDZ/Sauer/Stralman are all going to log atleast 17.5 minutes. Depending on pp/pk time, and how each play that game (who makes the mistake that leads to bench time). Defense was our strength last season and I only see it getting stronger.

averymustgo
08-03-2012, 06:32 AM
Sauer has had a history of concussions. So I would think the Rangers no matter how good he plays, will play him 14 minutes or less a game. Then come playoff time, they will give him lots of ice time.

Redfish
08-03-2012, 11:56 AM
Sauer has had a history of concussions. So I would think the Rangers no matter how good he plays, will play him 14 minutes or less a game. Then come playoff time, they will give him lots of ice time.

Really? I do not recall that. I believe that is the case with his brother, but I do not recall our Michael Sauer being injured for concussion reasons.

averymustgo
08-04-2012, 07:24 AM
2006-07: Michael Sauer spent quite a bit of his junior hockey career recovering from injuries. It was only in his final season that he played almost the entire year. A very athletic and able defenseman, Michael is the brother of NHLer Kurt Sauer, a veteran blueliner now with the Phoenix Coyotes. After a very impressive Fall 2007 Rangers’ training camp, Sauer spent his first professional season with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack’s, at times playing on the team’s top defensive pair. He played well, but injuries have continued to plague Sauer into his professional career.

2007-08: During the season, he missed games due to post-concussive symptoms, as well as a knee injury, which required surgery, which will delay the start of his 2008-09 season.

Redfish
08-04-2012, 10:21 AM
2006-07: Michael Sauer spent quite a bit of his junior hockey career recovering from injuries. It was only in his final season that he played almost the entire year. A very athletic and able defenseman, Michael is the brother of NHLer Kurt Sauer, a veteran blueliner now with the Phoenix Coyotes. After a very impressive Fall 2007 Rangers’ training camp, Sauer spent his first professional season with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack’s, at times playing on the team’s top defensive pair. He played well, but injuries have continued to plague Sauer into his professional career.

2007-08: During the season, he missed games due to post-concussive symptoms, as well as a knee injury, which required surgery, which will delay the start of his 2008-09 season.

Oh, thanks for the background info. I'm not sure post-concussive symptoms five seasons ago meets the definition of a history of concussion challenges, particularly for a hockey player, but I understand why it is referenced.

In any event, we'll get a good read on Sauer within eight weeks, I'd imagine. I think this may be one situation the Rangers and Sauer purposely understated his recovery progress through the summer trade period (i.e., Nash negotiations), but that is just inference on my part.

averymustgo
08-05-2012, 11:47 AM
I believe he had a concussion at least once playing for the Whale. I'm almost positive on that.

Ranger71
08-06-2012, 06:15 AM
I'll believe it when I see it with Sauer returning, his concussion was alot worse than Staals it seemed just from the impact. Plus his history. Hopefully he does he's a good guy and was solid.

averymustgo
08-06-2012, 07:22 AM
At one point he was better defensively than Girardi or Staal IMO. He was playing on that level. Getting him back will make one of the best defenses that much better.