Michael Sauer announced yesterday that he was cleared to return to the Rangers lineup for the first time since the second game of the season.
Sauer had been out with a shoulder injury and Ryan McDonagh told ESPN NY that his presence in the lineup was missed:
“It’s going to be huge for us,” said second-year defenseman Ryan McDonagh. “He’s rock-solid back there and it’s going to stabilize our back end.”
He will probably be paired with Michael Del Zotto as he has the third most ice time for defensemen and the two were paired together for the first two games. It will just be good to have him back. He is solid on defense and an important player for the Rangers.
“He does the little things well, communicates really well, and is very reliable.”
John Tortorella said that Sauer was one of the Rangers key penalty killers before yesterday’s game. He sat out yesterday with a sore shoulder.
I would expect Sauer to be back on Tuesday but the team can’t afford to risk another injury by bringing him back too soon. They miss him in all situations and the defense becomes dramatically better with him in the lineup. Especially since it would probably mean that Tim Erixon can go down to Hartford.
That would be great news for the Rangers. I bet that even if he doesn’t play, and he goes through practice during the week, he would play on Friday against LA.
John Tortorella told the media this morning that Sauer isn’t playing tomorrow.
At NHL.com, John Tortorella tells Dan Rosen that depending on how Michael Sauer heals from his shoulder sprain, he could get in one of the Rangers four remaining preseason games.
The Rangers play Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday.
Sauer sprained his shoulder last night and John Tortorella said that he would be out for seven days.
Update: 9:16PM: Joe says that Avery won’t return either. He blocked a shot in the second period.
Original Post: On MSG, Joe announced that Michael Sauer will not return due to a shoulder injury after taking a hit from Zac Rinaldo.
Larry Brooks tweeted that the injury was not believed to be serious.
Update: 2:49PM: Tuesday: Simmonds denied using a gay slur today.
Update: 2:03PM: With less than a minute to go Artem Anisimov scored to cut the lead in half. It’s 2-1 BLUE.
Update: 2PM: Gross says that Pavel Valentenko smooshed Christian Thomas along the boards
Update: 1:39PM: Andrew Gross says that Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan ran a give and go and Cally beat Biron to make it 2-0 Blue.
Update: 1:32PM: Michael Sauer beats Marty Biron to make it 1-0 for the BLUE team.
Update: 1:28PM: Jesse Spector says that Brandon Dubinsky knocked down Sean Avery and that Dan Girardi blocked a shot with his hand but didn’t miss a shift.
Jim Cerny tweets that Michael Sauer and Blake Parlett will not take part in the Rangers conditioning tests tomorrow due to knee injuries.
Parlett tweaked his knee during the Traverse City tournament and Sauer during the Rangers informal practices.
Sauer told Cerny that he thinks he will be on the ice soon.
They will have to do the testing at some point but they shouldn’t do anything until they are fully healthy.
Originally posted on December 10th.