9/4/21 | Libor Hajek has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Rangers that will pay him $874,125 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL. (Cap Friendly)
He was the last remaining RFA for the Rangers.
Hajek, 23, played 44 games for the Rangers last season, scoring two goals, two assists and averaged 15:16 per game.
He has played in 77 career NHL games.
Adam Rotter: Hajek certainly looks like an odd-man out on defense. Patrik Nemeth was signed to be the left defenseman on the third pair and Jarred Tinordi was signed to be the seventh defenseman. The Rangers could keep eight defensemen and that would allow Hajek to stay with the team and avoid the need for waivers to send him to Hartford.
Hajek is only 23 and has basically played one full season in the NHL, spread across parts of three years. He could still turn into the top-four defenseman that the Rangers were hoping he would be when he came over in the Ryan McDonagh trade, but with so many of their prospects turning pro and K’Andre Miller and Ryan Lindgren already established, the odds are that Hajek’s best chance in the NHL won’t be with the Rangers.