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Rangers' Staal skates; Sauer won't travel

by Dave Lozo /
NEW YORK -- The Rangers are looking at a good news/bad news situation regarding their two concussed defensemen.

Marc Staal, out since training camp, continued to make progress in his recovery by skating with the team at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. There remains no time table for his return, but Staal is encouraged.

"I decided to jump on the ice for the morning skate for a little bit," said Staal, who continues to wear the orange jersey that indicates no contact. "I wanted to get involved a little bit. The workouts have gone well. I'm progressing pretty well. The next step was to jump on the ice with the guys. I skated just as hard on my own, but today I did some drills. It was nice."

The news is less encouraging, yet status quo for Michael Sauer. He remains day-to-day after suffering his concussion last week, but he won't travel with the team for the start of its three-game road trip that begins Thursday in St. Louis. The Rangers are in Phoenix on Saturday before playing in New Jersey on Tuesday.

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