Morning Skate Notes: Avery Out; Staal Skates; Sauer Not Making Trip

averysbackUpdated, 11:18 a.m.:
The Rangers have announced that Michael Sauer (concussion) will not accompany the Blueshirts on their up-coming trip to St. Louis and Phoenix.


Torts also hasn’t ruled out Rupp being able to play in those games.

Finally, Andrew Gross says that Staal’s skate this morning was the first time he’s been on the ice with a full Rangers squad since the announcement of his concussion syndrome.

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Pat Leonard reports the Rangers will go with the same lineup tonight against the Dallas Stars that dismantled the Florida Panthers Sunday night, meaning Sean Avery will again be a healthy scratch.

…thought there might have been a chance Avery would be back in the line-up because Rangers are facing his former team combined with how well he played against them the last time Dallas visited the Garden.

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Leonard also notes that Marc Staal and Wojtek Wolski skated in non-contact jerseys this morning, while Mike Rupp skated in a blue jersey for the first time since his recovery from knee surgery.

…great sign that Rupp may not be that far off from returning.

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