Yesterday, I posted some somber news regarding Michael Sauer not even in the conversation for the Rangers this season. Now, Jeff Klein at the New York Times has this from Sauer's agent Ben Hankinson...
“I wish I could give you some kind of timetable on when or if he can come back, but I can’t. Unfortunately it’s still day to day, week to week, month to month. Michael’s condition is still very much an up-and-down thing. We’re hoping for the best, but we just don’t know right now.”
...ugh, that does not sound very encouraging at all. Remember kids, make sure you have your chin strap on when you get on the ice. I don't think it's too far fetched to say that if Sauer just snapped his on, the Rangers might have been playing for the Stanley Cup last Spring.
Here's quote from Sauer on chin strap courtesy of Melissa: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/rangers/2012/01/ny-rangers-michael-sauer-steve-eminger-jeff-woywitka-skate-tuesday-brandon-dubinsky-
Good point. torts kinda pissed me off in that marathon ot game. I understand he didn't trust Bicks at defence, but he should have threw him out there at forward for a shift or two
@BrendyJohnson You're right. I have to modify my above comment to tell kids to keep their chinstrap on tight.
Oh yes the chin strap would have made a difference.. It's different hitting your head with helmet on, on the boards than without helmet.. If the chinstrap were tight it wouldn't have opened.. Yes Phaneuf is a very strong physical player that has concussed many players but even if he still got a concussion it would have been a less severe one than the one he now has..
Lindsey, but he would have provided much more minutes than Bickel which would have keep Girardi & McD fresher. Those two were gassed by the Devils series.
I don't think the chin strap has anything to do with it. I still think Phaneuf's hit was awful and the impact knocked his helmet right off. There's really not much you can do at that point - the head is completely unprotected from impact & whiplash. So sad...he was such an asset to the team. The Sauer brothers do not fair well with injuries...see Kent, (with the Predators) derailed by a knee injury.
Unfortunately chin straps make little difference. Most concussions are from the whiplash effect of the hits. Your brain spins and bruises on the inside of your skull. Not really much you can do to protect yourself. The bigger and faster players get, the greater the inertia and impact of hits.
Have to disagree with you there. I don't think Sauer would have provided much in means of goal scoring
His chin strap was on...it snapped from the impact. He said so in an interview with Jim Cerny around this time last year. I'll have to find the link for you.
The sad thing is if you look at pictures of him his chin strap was always tighter than almost anyone else.