Earlier this week it was announced that the Rangers were not sending Michael Sauer a qualifying offer and thus removing him from their reserve list and allowing him to be an unrestricted free agent.
At ESPN NY, Katie Strang writes that many sources say that Sauer continues to feel effects from the concussion he suffered on 12/5/11 and that as of now he isn’t ready to return to the NHL.
Strang notes that Sauer hopes to continue his playing career at some point, but the Rangers decision not to qualify him does make it seem like his future playing career is in jeopardy.
THIS SECTION has followed Sauer since he suffered his concussion.
Pat Leonard writes in the Daily News that the Rangers have decided not to send a qualifying offer to Michael Sauer.
Sauer will now be a UFA.
Leonard notes that the Rangers have sent qualifying offers to Justin Falk, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello.
- Zuccarello’s qualifying offer is $735,000.
- McDonagh’s qualifying offer is $826,875
- Stepan’s qualifying offer is 826,875
- Hagelin’s qualifying offer is $660,000
- Falk’s qualifying offer is $866,250
The Rangers retain the rights to all of the players that they have qualified.
The deadline to qualify players is tomorrow.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are unlikely to extend a qualifying offer to RFA Michael Sauer.
He has not played since being hit by Dion Phaneuf on 12/5/11 and Brooks says that Sauer is still believed to be suffering some post-concussion symptoms.
THIS SECTION is all about Sauer.
In the Daily News, Pat Leonard writes that the Rangers brought in defenseman Michael Sauer to evaluate his condition and see how he is doing after being concussed on 12/5/11 by Dion Phaneuf.
He writes that if the Rangers believe there is a chance Sauer will recover and be able to play again the team will send him a qualifying offer and retain his rights.
Leonard notes that Sauer spent the season at home in Minnesota and was away from the team. His condition and dealing with concussion symptoms is not believed to have improved that much which is why the team wants to look at him.
THIS SECTION is all about Michael Sauer and his injury issues.
3:11PM: Jeff Klein, in the NY Times, spoke with Sauer’s agent Ben Hankinson who said “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.”
He added, Michael’s condition is still very much an up-and-down thing. We’re hoping for the best, but we just don’t know right now.”
12:36PM: According to Andrew Gross, John Tortorella said today that the Rangers aren’t discussing the possibility that Michael Sauer can return from his concussion and play right now.
Sauer has been out since 12/5/11 when he took a big hit from Dion Phaneuf.
READ THIS SECTION for more on Michael Sauer and what John Tortorella has said about him since he got hurt.
Sauer is expected to miss the entire season.
On twitter, Larry Brooks says that Michael Sauer isn’t healthy.
It was recently written that Sauer would miss the season.
Brooks adds that Sauer isn’t expected to be at training camp.
Read THIS SECTIONfor all previous updates on Sauer.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that if there is a season the Rangers do not expect Michael Sauer to play.
Sauer is out with post-concussion symptoms because a hit he took from Dion Phaneuf on 12/5/11.
More on Sauer, HERE.