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September 8, 2020 11:24 AM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Loaned to Czech club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rangers have loaned Hajek to HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga, Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today reports.

Hajek split time between the NHL and AHL in 2019-20, picking up five helpers in 28 top-level contests and three points in 23 minor-league appearances. The 22-year-old blueliner will be recalled ahead of next season's training camp and should get more playing time with the big club in 2020-21.

July 10, 2020 02:20 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Secures camp spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek will be with the Rangers when training camp kicks off Monday, Larry Brooks of The New York Post reports.

Hajek started the season with the Rangers and played in 27 games until he was sent down to the minors in early December. After his demotion, the blueliner managed to log just one more outing with New York. The Czech figures to be the next man up should a defenseman go down with an injury during the playoffs.

January 14, 2020 11:08 AM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Dropped down a level
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rangers assigned Hajek to AHL Hartford on Tuesday.

Hajek was recently sidelined for over a month due to a knee injury, so he'll head to the minors to get back into game shape. The 21-year-old blueliner, who's picked up five assists while posting a minus-4 rating in 28 games with the Rangers this campaign, will likely be back with the big club sooner rather than later.

January 11, 2020 11:16 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Back in lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek (knee) returned from injury Saturday and was minus-2 with one shot and two blocks in a 5-2 loss to the Blues.

It was the first game since Dec. 5 for Hajek and he logged just over 15 minutes of playing time, all at even strength. The 21-year-old rearguard has five assists and a minus-4 rating through 28 games this season.

January 12, 2020 01:20 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Will play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek (knee) is in the lineup Saturday versus the Blues.

The 21-year-old Hajek has been out since Dec. 5 but will make his return in St. Louis. The young defenseman has picked up five assists in 27 games, but Hajek remains without a goal in 2019-20.

January 9, 2020 11:56 AM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Remains sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek (knee) will not be available versus the Devils on Thursday but is nearing a return to the lineup, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.

Coach Dan Quinn told reporters the team would discuss the next steps for Hajek following Thursday's tilt. The 21-year-old averaged just 16:01 of ice time in 27 games prior to getting hurt and could be a candidate for the minors in order to ease him back into game action.

January 7, 2020 07:12 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Sitting out Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek (knee) isn't on the ice for warmups and won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Colorado, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.

Hajek donned a full-contact sweater ahead of Saturday's game, so he's return to the lineup remains imminent. He won't play Tuesday, however, as he's absence will extend into the four-week mark. Hajek's next chance to suit up is Thursday's game against the Devils.

January 4, 2020 03:00 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Sports regular sweater
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek (knee) shed the no-contact sweater for Saturday's morning skate, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.

Hajak was initially pegged with a 3-to-4 week absence, and Friday marked the four-week mark. The 21-year-old's return to the lineup appears imminent, but he won't draw in for Saturday's matchup versus the Canucks.

December 27, 2019 12:36 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Resumes skating
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek skated for the first time since sustaining his knee injury Friday, Dan Rosen of reports.

Hajek has already been out of action for three weeks and there's still no timetable for his return. Once healthy, the 21-year-old will resume his duties as a bottom-pairing defenseman for the Rangers.

December 6, 2019 05:28 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Facing long-term absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks due to a knee sprain he suffered during Thursday's win over Columbus.

Hajek's lengthy absence will definitely test the Rangers' depth at defense, but it won't impact any fantasy lineups, as he's only picked up five helpers while averaging 16:01 of ice time in 27 games this campaign. It's likely only a matter of time until the 21-year-old is placed on injured reserve.

December 5, 2019 11:32 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Suffers injury Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek (knee) won't return to Thursday's contest against the Blue Jackets.

Hajek was involved in an akward collision along the boards in the first period, and the team is classifying his injury as a knee sprain. Expect word on the 21-year-old's status ahead of Friday's game at home against Montreal. For the remainder of Thursday's game, however, the team will roll with five defensemen.

November 8, 2019 01:44 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Offense remains limited
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek finished with one shot in 20:54 of ice time during Thursday's 4-2 win over Carolina.

Hajek has just two assists in 14 games and is still looking for his first goal. He actually scored a goal during a five-game cup of coffee with the Rangers last season but was limited to only five helpers in 58 games with AHL Hartford. Hajek's not in the lineup for offense, as his smooth skating stride and 6-foot-2, 203-pound frame give the Czech blueliner the makings of a lockdown defender, and the Rangers are hoping he can grow into such a role.

October 4, 2019 02:00 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Dishes apple in limited minutes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek picked up an assist in 12:20 of ice time in Thursday's 6-4 win over Winnipeg.

Hajek looked largely overwhelmed in this one, but coach David Quinn tried to cover his weaknesses by moving Hajek onto a pairing with top defenseman Jacob Trouba in the third period. The move paid off, as Hajek made a D-to-D pass to Trouba, who then proceeded to spring Mika Zibanejad on a breakaway with a stretch pass, earning each blueliner an assist when Zibanejad converted. Hajek has great physical attributes as a smooth skater at 6-foot-2 and 203 pounds, but he still looks raw and isn't much of a threat with the puck on his stick.

September 17, 2019 11:12 AM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Cleared to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek (shoulder) will be in the lineup for Wednesday's preseason game against the Devils.

Hajek's missed the final 14 contests of the 2018-19 campaign due to a separated shoulder, but his inclusion in Wednesday's lineup suggests he's now back to 100 percent. The 21-year-old blueliner, who notched five helpers in 58 games with AHL Hartford last season, is fully expected to make the Rangers' Opening Night roster, but he won't have much offensive upside, so for now, there's no reason for him to be on fantasy owners' radar.

March 9, 2019 10:28 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Injured in home win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek suffered a separated shoulder in Saturday's 4-2 win over New Jersey.

The 21-year-old's injury comes in just the fifth game of his career. Before departing, Hajek was able to score his first goal, but that is of little consequence considering the injury outlook. The team is expected to update the young blueliner's status Sunday, but don't expect the 21-year-old to appear in a game anytime soon.

March 1, 2019 11:44 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Premiers on big stage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek made his NHL debut and registered a minor penalty, two shots and a hit in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Canadiens.

Acquired in a multi-player trade with the Lightning in February of 2018, Hajek saw 17:35 of ice time and posted an impressive Corsi For percentage (61.90) in the tough home loss. Tampa Bay originally traded Anthony DeAngelo to select Hajek in the second round (37th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, but now they are teammates with New York. Hajek, a shutdown type, didn't look out of place in his NHL debut, and it's reasonable to think he'll stick around since the Rangers are well out of the playoff picture.

February 28, 2019 10:16 AM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Called up from minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek was promoted from AHL Hartford on Thursday.

With defenseman Brendan Smith consistently lining up at forward, the Rangers will add some depth on the blue line by bringing up Hajek. The 20-year-old has just five helpers in 58 games with the Wolf Pack this season, so he is unlikely to offer much in terms of offensive production if he cracks the Rangers lineup and makes his NHL debut.

April 1, 2018 03:01 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Banged up in WHL playoffs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek (undisclosed) has sat out Games 5 and 6 of WHL Regina's playoff series against Swift Current.

Hajek was hit hard in Regina's Game 4 victory, but he managed to finish the game. He has not been seen since. With Regina hosting the Memorial Cup and a lock to be competing in early May, it's possible the Pats are just being overly cautious with their best all-around defender. Game 7 between Regina and Swift Current is scheduled for Monday night. At this point there has been no indication that Hajek will be ready to go for that one.

February 26, 2018 11:12 PM
Rangers' Libor Hajek: Included in trade package
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek was sent to the Rangers as part of a multi-player deal that included Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller heading the other way to the Lightning, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.

Hajek and Brett Howden were the prospects included in the deal that also saw Vladislav Namestnikov join the Rangers, as well as a first-round pick in 2018 and a conditional second-round selection. The 20-year-old Hajek has registered 25 points in 33 games for WHL Saskatoon and could join AHL Hartford following the conclusion of his junior campaign.

March 21, 2017 04:56 PM
Lightning's Libor Hajek: Signs entry-level contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hajek inked a three-year, entry-level deal with Tampa Bay on Tuesday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Hajek has spent the past two season playing with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL after coming over from his native Czech Republic. In 134 outings, the blueliner has tallied seven goals and 45 assists. The biggest concern surrounding the 19-year-old's game is his defense, as reflected in his minus-17 rating. Hajek will finish out the year with AHL Syracuse after signing an amateur tryout with the team.

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