Figured the big man needed his own appreciation thread. Sauer has been relatively healthy(KNOCK ON WOOD)except for a minor tweek suffered in the Boston game three weeks ago. Plays a good smart game. Good first pass. Plays a physical game. Always in position. His ice-time has increased with Michal Rozsival's shoulder injury.
Sauer has some personality. Zipay wrote this on Saturday. Very funny.
Told yesterday that snow was falling in his home state of Minnesota, rookie defenseman Michael Sauer jumped up from his locker. “Deer hunting season! And when you get that first snowfall, you go out in the morning and follow the tracks.” Sauer, 23, who grew up in St. Cloud, said the weather would be just right for his family to be out hunting, although he didn’t mind even lower temperatures. “I’ve been out in negative-40, in the trees, with the hand warmers, feet warmers. It’s awesome.”
Sauer will be a group II this summer with arbitration rights. Barring injuries and any dips in his play,Sauer is looking at a decent raise from the $500,000 NHL minimum. Right-handed shot. 24 years old this summer.
Comparables-2nd or 3rd contracts which cover arbitration years at some point.
Dan Girardi-2 years/$3.1 million
Mark Fistric-3 years/$3 million
Mark Stuart-2 years/$2.6 million
Matt Hunwick-2 years/$2.9 million
Josh Gorges-3 years/$3.3 million
Roman Polak-2 years/$2.2 million
Andrej Sekera-2 years/$2 million
Kevin Klein-3 years/$4.05 million
Jason Demers-2 years/$2.5 million
Ryan Parent-2 years/$1.85 million
Marc Methot-2 years/$2.025 million
Rangers sign Sauer to an affordable two year contract and he becomes a good asset if want to go in that direction.
Hes deffinitally is deserving of his own appreciation thread the guys been SOLID, I really haven't complained about him nearly as much as the other guys on defense. His consistency really helps this team and I'm sure torts knows that and has some trust in him.
I am pretty exited about the possibility of this young group getting better together
Staal is our best but should also improve since he is still young
Girardi has really really impressed me this year
Del Zotto well his D stinks but he has tons of offensive ability and he is only 20
Sauer- just stead. It's all I want a steady responsible Dman and he is it
Then we have Mcdonaugh who is a mini Staal(crosses fingers) and V-Tank who is nasty
Emminger is a stop gap and Rozy is a good vet to have around but still cant wait for that 5 million to come off the books in a few yrs
He's impressed me for sure. Compared to the others in the bottom pairs he's made the fewest mistakes so far in my opinion. Has some developing to do of course but he's been a very pleasant surprise and has put in some pretty solid minutes against some pretty tough guys to defend against. I really like his attitude too.
In camp he really didn't inspire me much at all. But I definitely see what the kid's got inside of him now and think he could very well end up being a solid part of this young core in the years to come. Kid's got definite potential.
Great to see him finally stick in the NHL. He probably should have made the team a few years ago, when he was the best D-man in camp. Injuries no doubt delayed him making the NHL. Just a smart, solid, and physical D-man.
Always knew he had it in him. Just hope he can stay healthy.
"Of course giving Sather cap space is like giving teenagers whiskey and car keys." - SBOB "Watching Sather build a team is like watching a blind man with no fingers trying to put together an elaborate puzzle." - Shadowtron
Sestito still on the make a wish tour. - rholt168 "Okay, Joel. You've had your fun. Give your brother his pads back." - Trxjw
All I can say is it's about time. How it took them this long to give him a shot is beyond me, but thankfully, they finally did. The way he's playing right now is no fluke. He's that smart, he's that versatile, and he's that consistent and dependable. Been one of my favorite prospects for a few years now, well on his way to being one of my favorite players on the team.
yah unfortunately i think alot of us are just waiting for the inevitable long term injury that shelves the kid for months. i have zero faith in this kid staying healthy. some guys just cannot stay in the game. nobody ever doubted that this kid wasn't good. he's a first round pick if he could have stayed healthy in juniors but he couldn't even do that.
He doesn't try to do too much, he always rides out the man or takes the body when he needs to. Thats very important for this team, because in the past that hasn't been done enough. Finishing checks, especially down low below the hash marks, sends a ripple effect in the defensive positioning of the team. It's not about burying a guy through the walls, its just finishing a play and maintaining body position between the opposition forward and the net. Too many times have we seen plays where the forwards of the other team are allowed to jump back into the play quickly, usually back towards the front of the net and get rebound chances, get back there to screen the goalie, or work their way back into a cycle or forecheck.
Mike is very good at recognizing when he needs to finish a play and his spacing with his partner and the forwards is subtle but very effective. I like that he is becoming somewhat of a calming influence to a teams who's defenseman tend to run around and give the puck up too often when pressured. This team defends the bast when they let the play come to them and let the forwards use their sticks. He also has the sneaky ability to jump up into a play or dart towards the back door and get chances. Hes been doing this sparingly, but consistently. He's also reading the neutral zone well which is important in this system.
I will be absolutely shocked if he is sat when Rozy comes back. Gilroy has been bad, really bad IMO. I also have concerns about his durability though.
I'm just waiting for the inevitable injury. The whole family is made of glass.
Kurt Sauer - 8 NHL seasons, average of 50 games per season. Missed the entire season last year and still isn't back. Some major injuries:
11/26/2003 Missed 6 games (sprained left ankle).
4/28/2004 Missed the last 7 games of the regular season, all 5 games of Round One against the Dallas Stars and Game One, Two and Three of Round Two against the San Jose Sharks (groin).
2/02/2008 Missed 28 games (concussion).
2/16/2009 Missed 14 games (lower body injury).
4/27/2010 Missed the last 81 regular season games and all 7 playoff games (head injury).
Kent Sauer - Drafted by the Preds, forced to retire due to knee problems before making it out of the A.
Craig Sauer - Football player, played for Falcons and Vikings. Forced to retire after 4 seasons due to a foot injury.
And we all know our own's Sauers various injury issues.
Very happy for Sauer... I'm sure at some point he was wondering if he was going to have any future with this organization....
He plays a quiet but effective game. Very consistent in his efforts. Makes a lot of subtle plays that could easily go unnoticed if you weren't paying close attention....
Funny how Sauer is 24 and finally coming into his own at the NHL level yet we have a whole contingent scrutinizing a certain 18 year old Moose Jaw warrior defenseman over his +/- rating after every game.
Another one of my favorite players. He's not the household name that some other guys are on the team but he gets the job done and does it with some physicality and a little mean streak which I love.
Cool little story, I was at the NHL Store for the whole jersey thing on Friday and I saw Sauer and some of the players as they're leaving so I say to him, "Mike next time hit Kaleta harder" and he starts laughing and goes will do.