Michael Sauer (ice hockey)
August 7, 1987|
St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|Played for||New York Rangers|
40th overall, 2005|
New York Rangers
Michael Curtis "Mike" Sauer (born August 7, 1987) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played three seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New York Rangers. He is the younger brother of Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Kurt Sauer, and of former Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings (NFL) linebacker Craig Sauer. Sauer was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, but grew up in Sartell, Minnesota.
He was drafted in the 2nd round, 40th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft; the Rangers acquired this draft pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of the Brian Leetch trade a year prior.
Sauer signed his first professional contract with the Rangers on August 8, 2006. He played for the Rangers' minor league affiliate in Hartford of the AHL for most of the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons, and was promoted to the Rangers on March 23, 2009. He made his NHL debut with the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2009, against the Minnesota Wild.
After spending all of 2009 with Hartford, Sauer began the 2010 season in the NHL with the Rangers, and was in the Rangers' opening night lineup. He scored his first NHL goal on December 9, 2010, against Brian Elliott of the Ottawa Senators. On July 8, 2011, Sauer, a restricted free agent, re-signed with the Rangers to a two-year, $2.5 million deal.
Sauer suffered a concussion as a result of a hard, but clean hit by Dion Phaneuf on December 5, 2011. No penalty was assessed and he has not played since. After the 2012-13 season, Sauer's contract expired and he did not receive a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. 
|2006–07||Medicine Hat Tigers||WHL||32||1||10||11||29||23||1||5||6||34|
|2007–08||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||71||4||7||11||80||2||0||0||0||0|
|2008–09||New York Rangers||NHL||3||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||64||6||17||23||35||6||0||0||0||10|
|2009–10||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||42||3||9||12||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Rangers||NHL||76||3||12||15||75||5||0||1||1||0|
|2011–12||New York Rangers||NHL||19||1||2||3||21||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "Zherdev has goal, assist in Rangers' 2-1 win". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
- "NY Rangers 6, Buffalo 3". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
- "Sauer's 1st NHL goal leads Rangers over Senators". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
- Cerny, J. "Sauer scores his first goal in style". New York Rangers. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
- Michael Sauer player profile at NHL.com
- Michael Sauer career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Hockey's Future profile
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