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Rangers re-sign RFAs Sauer, Anisimov

Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer skates during the second

Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer skates during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden. (Mar. 3, 2011) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

The Rangers re-signed defenseman Michael Sauer and forward Artem Anisimov to two-year deals Friday, whittling the team's list of unsigned players down to three.

Sauer will avoid arbitration after signing a two-year pact that, a source confirmed, is worth $2.5 million. Anisimov's two-year deal is worth $3.75 million, his agent Mark Gandler confirmed.

The 23-year-old Sauer was among a group of four players on the Rangers' roster to file for arbitration Tuesday. Brandon Dubinsky, Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan have arbitration dates later this month.

Sauer nearly tripled his $500,000 salary from last season when he finished with three goals, 12 assists and a team-leading plus-20 rating.

Anisimov, 23, also received a sizable pay bump with a new contract worth $1.875 million per year. The Russian forward earned $765,000 last season and had 18 goals and 26 assists in 82 games. Anisimov, who was coming off his entry-level deal, did not have arbitration rights.

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