Friday, July 8, 2011
Rangers re-sign Sauer and Anisimov
By Matt Ehalt
The New York Rangers have re-signed defenseman Michael Sauer and agreed to a new deal with forward Artem Anisimov, the team announced Friday. Sauer was one of four Rangers who filed for arbitration while Anisimov was not able to because of playing time.
Sauer played 76 games last season and tallied 15 points for the Rangers. He had three goals and 12 assists while tallying a plus-20 rating in his time on the ice. The 23-year-old had the sixth-most hits among rookie defenseman and one assist in the playoffs. The rookie primarily played on the Rangers second defensive line, alongside Ryan McDonagh.
The Rangers selected Sauer in the second round of the 2005 draft with the 40th pick and he has played 79 games with the team, tallying 15 points.
Anisimov, 23, played in all 82 games with the Rangers and scored 18 goals and added 26 assists. He had career-highs in power play goals, power play assists and power play points. Anisimov has played in 164 straight games for the Rangers and scored his first playoff point this past year.
The Rangers selected Anisimov in the second round of the 2006 Draft and he has played in 165 career games with the Rangers, notching 72 points on 30 goals and 42 assists.
In international competition, Anisimov has represented Russia at tournaments, including the 2010 World Championship when he won a silver medal.