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What if Michael Sauer’s career hadn’t ended so early?

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Michael Sauer #38, Ryan Callahan #24, and Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers protect the net against the Detroit Red Wings on September 29, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Rangers defeat the Red Wings 5-1. (Photo by Rebecca Taylor/MSG Photos/Getty Images)

Welcome to another edition of Blueshirts Briefs, a series profiling individuals who worked a short shift for the New York Rangers.

Michael Sauer did everything the New York Rangers could’ve asked of a young defenseman. He used his 6-foot-3, 213-pound frame to clear the slot.