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Rangers don’t extend qualifying offer to Sauer

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers

at Madison Square Garden on December 5, 2011 in New York City.

Bruce Bennett

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.