Monday, March 23, 2009

Goodbye Rozsival, Hello Sauer

We're seeing from several sources now that Michal Rozsival - who left last night's game with a leg injury - is getting an MRI on his left knee today. So figure - at best - we have a ligament sprain - and at worst - something torn.

And to fill his spot, defenseman Mike Sauer is being called up to the Rangers from their AHL club, the Hartford Wolfpack. Mike was actually born in Minnesota - and figures to get his first action against the Minnesota Wild tomorrow. He's a 2nd round draft pick by the Rangers in 2005, a 6 foot 3 inch right hander weighing 206 pounds.

He has 6 goals on 87 shots and 16 assists in 59 Wolfpack games played this year. Best of all is his plus-minus: +19.

He's got a rep as a tough player - though somewhat prone to injury (whatever in the world that means). His older brother Kurt Sauer plays for the Avalanche. And he is also the brother of Craig Sauer, a former NFL linebacker (Falcons and Vikes).

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