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Tortorella can’t count on Sauer (concussion) to be ready for camp

Toronto Maple Leafs v New York Rangers

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs hits Michael Sauer #38 of the New York Rangers in the third period at Madison Square Garden on December 5, 2011 in New York City. The Leafs defeated the Rangers 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Michael Sauer sustained a concussion on Dec. 5 due to a hit dished out by the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf. He missed the remainder of the regular season and didn’t participate in the New York Rangers’ lengthy playoff run.

Even after more than five months, it sounds like Sauer still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

Rangers coach John Tortorella said that Sauer still isn’t ready to start working out and his availability is “a huge question mark.”

When asked if Tortorella would count on Sauer to be ready for training camp, the Rangers coach was direct.

“Nope,” Tortorella said. “No. I’ll be honest with you, no. I can’t.”

After being drafted in 2005, Sauer was only able to establish himself as a regular with the Rangers in 2010-11. He signed a two-year/$2.5 million contract as a restricted free agent last summer and played in 19 games before his season was derailed.