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Rangers lose Sauer to shoulder sprain

Monday, 09.26.2011 / 8:27 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / Rangers World Tour

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Rangers lose Sauer to shoulder sprain
PHILADELPHIA -- New York Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer left Monday's preseason game against the Flyers early in the first period with what was diagnosed as a right shoulder sprain.

Sauer was run into the boards by Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo. He hit the end boards awkwardly and was immediately taken to the dressing room.

With the Rangers set to travel to Europe after Monday's game, Sauer reported to the security screening at Wells Fargo Center wearing a sling. Rangers coach John Tortorella said X-rays on his right shoulder were negative, but he is thought to be out at least a week.

The Rangers are already without No. 1 defenseman Marc Staal, who has been suffering from headaches that are likely a result of a concussion he suffered last season. Staal will not travel with the Rangers to Europe, but the team remains hopeful that he will join them overseas before the start of the regular season on Oct. 7.

Sauer is one of 10 blueliners the Rangers are planning to take to Europe. The list also includes Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon, Michael Del Zotto, Dylan McIlrath, Brendan Bell, Stu Bickel and Blake Parlett.

Rangers forward Sean Avery also had X-rays on the big toe on his right foot, which came back negative. He blocked a shot in the second period and spent the rest of the game icing his toe, which was bloody.

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