Read: The Future Of Michael Sauer As An NHL Player

Michael SauerEarlier 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.

News: Michael Sauer Not Qualified/Others Qualified

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.

Read: The Latest On Michael 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.

Buzz: Michael Sauer Isn’t Even Being Discussed Right Now (Update)

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.

Buzz: Michael Sauer is Expected To Miss The Season

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.

Note: John Tortorella On Michael Sauer

During the Q and A session at the Rangers Dog Walk this morning, John Tortorella was asked about Michael Sauer.

Bryan Finkel was there and says that the exchange went like this:

Q: On the chances of seeing Michael Sauer in the beginning of the season?

A:”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 of the season.”

In a transcript provided by the team, Tortorella added That’s a big hole for us. Michael played very well for us, and we certainly missed him during the playoff run. I think it’s going to be a little bit of time before Michael resumes his career.

 It was reported in late June 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.”

Dave Maloney said in late July that Sauer was believed to have made “tremendous progress.”

Last month it was suggested that Sauer could start on Long Term IR.

Read: The Chance Michael Sauer Can Return

In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that there is some hope that Michael Sauer will be able to return to the Rangers this season.

Brooks adds “If Sauer, said to be feeling better than he was before returning home to Minnesota for the summer but is not believed symptom-free, cannot play, he would be placed on the long-term injury list.”

Sauer reportedly has made tremendous progress over the summer.

Buzz: Michael Sauer Has Made “Tremendous Progress”

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 and McIlrath banged his knee cap up at development camp. 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.

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 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.”

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Adam Rotter: Any progress with Sauer is good news but I wouldn’t count on him until he has laced up the skates and is on the ice with the Rangers. They still need to go ahead and plan as if he won’t be there and then if he does, and he is able to be close to the player that he was, the Rangers will have solved their defensive issues.