As expected, Katie Strang at ESPN reports that the Rangers have not extended a qualifying offer to RFA Michael Sauer and he will become a UFA.
Strang adds that Sauer is still dealing with residual effects of the concussion suffered from a hit by Dion Phaneuf on Dec. 5, 2011.
…and that my friends ends Sauer's tenure with the New York Rangers.
…not a suprise, but still sad to see. The Rangers have yet to replace Sauer and likely won't until McIlrath is on the Rangers roster and living up to expectations.
As I posted this weekend, Strang says the Rangers have sent qualifying offers to Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, Carl Hagelin, Mats Zuccarello as well as newest Ranger Justin Falk. All of those mentioned have arbitration rights except for Stepan.
…i don't expect the Rangers to go to arbitration with any of their RFAs.
In the AHL, the Rangers extended a qualifying offer to Brandon Mashinter, but not to Jyri Niemi or Nick Palmieri.
…NICE!!!!! Loving that Mashinter will be in the mix again this year. Hopefully he doesn't let me down again if given another chance in the NHL.