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Gaborik good to go, Sauer not so much

1/7/2013

Marian Gaborik was not among the 15 Rangers on the ice Monday morning at the team's practice facility in Westchester -- he has yet to return from Europe -- but he will be there whenever training camp opens and is fit to play opening night.

"Gabby's fine," coach John Tortorella said. "He's been fine for awhile."

The 30-year-old sniper underwent shoulder surgery in June and spent much of the lockout rehabbing the injury, but is now ready to play. Gaborik, who led the team with 41 goals and 35 assists last season, was medically cleared in early December.

Michael Sauer has not been given the same clean bill of health, however.

The 24-year-old defenseman, who has not played since suffering a nasty concussion on December 5, 2011, will not be attending training camp, ESPNNewYork.com has learned.

In fact, the likelihood he will play at all during the 2013 season seems slim.

The Rangers do not expect to have him return this season, a source told ESPNNewYork.com