Tag Archives: Michael Sauer


Bruce BerletBY: Bruce Berlet

When it comes to feel-good stories in the NHL this season, you’d be hard-pressed to find one better than New York Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel, who began the season playing on Asylum Street in Hartford.

Though Bickel will never be confused with elusive Hall of Famers Bobby Orr or Cheshire-bred Brian Leetch, he has proven to be one of the NHL’s all-time steals since being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 23, 2010 for disgruntled Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Nigel Williams.

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It’s a provocative title there’s no doubt about that. But the content isn’t nearly as  harsh, but does cause you to think,

Here’s what we’re looking for in this debate.

What is the best trade and the worst trade that Glen Sather has made in his tenure as President and General Manager of the New York Rangers?

Best trade?

We would have to put taking in the bounty that the team did for Scott Gomez as the best move he’s made.

Although the Jaromir Jagr for Anson Carter move would be right up there.

Worst move?

Trading a player who NEVER should have been traded, Brian Leetch, who was sent to Toronto for Maxim Kondratiev, Jarkko Immonen, a 1st round selection (later traded to Calgary – Calgary selected Kris Chucko) in 2004 and a 2nd round selection (Michael Sauer) in 2005.

That one is mostly emotional as I’m certain there were plenty of others that were worse.

What do you think?


Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

The Connecticut Whale defense took a second hit in 24 hours Monday, when rookie Tim Erixon was recalled by the parent New York Rangers on an emergency basis.

The loss of Erixon and Wade Redden, who was injured in Saturday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Providence Bruins, came a day after the Rangers called up Stu Bickel on an emergency basis. Bickel, among the Rangers’ final cuts, was needed to replace Steve Eminger, who coach John Tortorella told the New York media Monday will be out eight-to-ten weeks with a separated right shoulder sustained when slammed into the boards by Martin Hanzal at 3:16 of the second period of a last-second 3-2 victory at Phoenix on Saturday night.

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New York RangersBY: Adam Gavriel

Quantity over quality may prove a necessary motto for the New York Rangers over the coming weeks as  injuries to Marc Staal, Michael Sauer, and Steve Eminger and with Jeff Woywitka a game-time decision, the Rangers could potentially lose four of their Top seven defenders.

In 2010 – 2011, it was the forwards who it seemed just could not seem to stay on the ice. In 2011-2012, it’s the blueline taking the biggest hit. What may be the most shockingly is that besides Woywitka, who appears to be day-to-day, the  closest Rangers defenseman that could return to the lineup may in fact be Marc Staal. Unless you don’t follow the team too closely, which begs the question, “Why are you reading this?” But I digress, Staal has been battling post-concussion symptoms ever since a blow he sustained in Carolina on Feb. 22 of last season from his brother Eric. Staal, who hasn’t appeared in a game for the Rangers since Game Five of the last season’s playoffs, could, according to the New York beat writers, be cleared for contact in the next seven to ten days. Continue reading


Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

If you want to see the personification of tough luck, look no farther than Connecticut Whale right wing Chad Kolarik.

After persevering through nagging hamstring problems last season to earn kudos from New York Rangers coach John Tortorella for his work during four games with the parent club, returning to continue his solid play in the AHL playoffs and then getting a contract extension on June 17 and married on Aug. 5, Kolarik was primed to enjoy a run at a steady job on Broadway.

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New York R     VERSUS     Caolina

December 1, 2011 (Game 22, Away Game 13)
RBC CenterRaleigh, North Carolina

                                                      1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers               1      3        1       –      5
Carolina Hurricanes            2      1        0      –      3

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New York Rangers     VERSUS     Florida

November 23, 2011 (Game 18, Away Game 11)
BankAtlantic Center – Sunrise, Florida
1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers               0      1        0       –      1
Florida Panthers                   1      1        0       –      2

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Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Tim Erixon has certainly experienced a full gamut of emotions the past two-plus years and especially in the last six weeks.

The Connecticut Whale’s rookie defenseman decided against signing with the Calgary Flames, after being their first-round pick (23rd overall) in 2009. Faced with the prospect of losing Erixon’s rights before this year’s NHL draft, Flames general manager Jay Feaster traded Erixon and a fifth-round pick to the New York Rangers on June 1, 2011, for prospect forward Roman Horak and two second-round picks in June.

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Well at least according to the latest TSN power rankings that is. The Rangers are just the better team…it’s that simple. The season series is now tied at a game a piece…

New York R      VERSUS      New York I

November 15, 2011 (Game 16, Away Game 9)
Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, New York

                                                1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers               1      1       2        –       4
New York Islanders             1      0       1        –       2

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Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

A year ago, Ryan McDonagh was trying to find his way on the blue line of the then Hartford Wolf Pack, after leaving a highly successful University of Wisconsin program following his junior year.

While center Derek Stepan made the New York Rangers’ roster, after leaving the Badgers following a sophomore year that ended with a 5-0 loss to Boston College and top Blueshirts prospect Chris Kreider in the NCAA title game, McDonagh was among the final cuts on Broadway.

McDonagh struggled a bit early with the Wolf Pack before extensive work with assistant coach J.J. Daigneault helped him earn a call-up on Jan. 3, when he switched places with Michael Del Zotto, who had was experiencing a sophomore slump with the Rangers after being a member of the NHL All-Rookie team in 2009-10.

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