New York Rangers re-sign defenseman Libor Hajek to two-way contract

Rangers ink last RFA.

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Nov 2, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) and New York Rangers defenseman Libor Hajek (25) battle in front of New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers agreed to terms Tuesday with restricted free agent defenseman Libor Hajek on a one-year contract.

Multiple outlets reported the deal is a two-way contract worth nearly $875,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 in the minors.

Rangers sign defenseman Hajek

Hajek, 23, tallied two goals and two assists in 44 games with the Rangers in 2020-21. The Czech Republic native has three goals and seven assists in 77 career games, all with New York.

A second-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016, Hajek was traded to the Rangers on Feb. 26, 2018.\

The Rangers are loaded on the left side. Ryan Lindgren and K’Andre Miller are locked in the top two. The signing of Patrik Nemeth is the biggest indicator that Hajek is no longer in the Rangers plans.

Nils Lundkvist is expected to be penciled into the RD3 spot with fellow countryman Nemeth as his partner. The Rangers also signed rugged defender Jarred Tinordi as their 7th defenseman.

Hajek seems like a good candidate to be included in a trade. Even if it’s to a younger and upcoming team like the Red Wings or Coyotes for a draft pick.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report.