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Rangers don’t extend qualifying offer to Sauer

Jul 2, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

Michael Sauer‘s career has been devastated by a concussion, and the future of his career remains uncertain.

It was reported Tuesday by Katie Strang of ESPN New York that the New York Rangers have not extended Sauer, a pending restricted free agent, a qualifying offer.

Sauer, just 25 years of age, hasn’t played a game since Dec. 5, 2011, when he suffered a concussion on a heavy Dion Phaneuf hit.

According to Strang, Sauer is still feeling with the “residual effects” from the injury.

Sauer, according to, was at the end of a two-year deal worth $2.5 million and a cap hit of $1.25 million per season.

In 98 career NHL games with the Rangers, Sauer had four goals and 18 points. He was also an impressive plus-28.

  1. nysportsrule - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Damn I was really starting to love this kid

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      This is really sad for player who suffers a concussion and never really gets back to 100 percent. what does he do now??? The Wild did the same thing with Bouchard

  2. barkar942 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    So sad when a quality player and person gets injured like this and it ends his career.
    I hope he is able to move on and succeed in other ventures in his life. Gonna miss him as a Ranger.

    • curtismayfield - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Precisely, couldn’t have said it better. Ranger fans loved this guy and he was developing into the type of player that could have a long career in new york. That Phaneuf hit on him is unfortunate in a lot of ways, a clean hit but devastating none the less. I’m rooting for Sauer to get back into the NHL and put these health issues behind him.

      • moarjam - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        Yeah the hit was clean. The concussion came from his helmet coming off and his head hitting the boards. Just an unfortunate play.

  3. moarjam - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    He was shaping up to be one hell of a defenseman. Big, mean and very steady on the backend.

    The rangers have STILL not been able to replace him on D almost 2 years later. His injury forced Stralman into the #2 RD and left that #3 RD as a revolving door of crap in Eminger, Gilroy, Hamrlik and of course Stu Bickell.

    • stakex - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Well the bigger problem with replacing him is that Staal has been hurt for large parts of the last two seasons. When he’s healthy their top four are very solid, and it looks like John Moore might turn out pretty good. They just need a solid 6th defensemen at this point, and a little more depth in case Staal (or anyone else) gets hurt.

      • moarjam - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        yeah man that’s my point..

        Haven’t been able to get a 6th dman. If a healthy Sauer or Stralman is your 6th defenseman you’re in good shape. Eminger or Bickell not so much.

        Also agree with you on Moore. Kid looks good. Lets just hope he can move over to the right side because MDZ is simply terrible from that side.

  4. jaredo10 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Sad sad situation. Sky was the limit for him, if he was healthy this whole time MDZ would be long gone

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