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Rangers' Sauer still a question mark for next season

by Dan Rosen

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer did not play again this season after suffering a concussion on Dec. 5. Coach John Tortorella said Monday that the organization still can't count on Sauer being ready to go for next season, either.

"It's a huge question mark," Tortorella said.

Sauer suffered his concussion after his head (helmet on) struck the ice following a hit from Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf. He started to skate again in mid-January, but suffered a setback and was told to stay away from the team's training facility.

Tortorella said he saw Sauer on Monday for the first time in months.

"I don't have a lot of update, but he's certainly not where he needs to be even to start working out," Tortorella said.

Sauer was supposed to be one of the Rangers top-six defensemen this season. His injury left them short on depth at that position, and they were never able to rectify that.

He is signed through next season.

Sauer's brother Kurt hasn't played since Oct. 7, 2009 due to post-concussion syndrome. His contract with the Phoenix Coyotes is about to expire.

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