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.
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.