Michael Sauer appreciation thread
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02-07-2011, 06:07 AM
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On Michael Sauer and Ryan McDonagh: “They were probably our best pair as far as controlling our gaps. I thought we did a really good job of controlling the gaps. I’m excited for where we think they can get to, as we grow as a hockey club. I don’t think our D, you can call them offensive people, Michael has the best chance to become someone like that, but he’s still going through the process, I think there is offense there, but to call them offensive defensemen, no. Michael Sauer has shown an intelligence especially from the blue line in, particularly his pinching, I’m going to show 10 clips of them pinching - from last night - that they produced to keep our offense going. It may not translate right away to a winning streak, but it’s good stuff.”
Tortorella lauded the work of the Ryan McDonagh-Michael Sauer tandem in Saturday's defeat, calling it, "Probably our best pair in controlling gaps." Sauer got 23:35 and McDonagh 21:36 while Michael Del Zotto played 12:59 (8:30 at even-strength) and Matt Gilroy 9:18 (7:57 even).
"I'm excited for where I think they're going to get to as we grow as a hockey club," Tortorella said.
"I'm really excited about these two young defensemen as we continue to grow."
Two Minnesota boys. Share the same agent Ben Hankinson.
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