Gerard Galant suggests his nine best Rangers players ahead of training camp
In the NHL, there are players who disagree and players who unite the fans. Libor Hajek is the first player I’ve ever seen to have every fan unite their opinion of him in a negative way, it’s a huge achievement. Hajek appears to be someone everyone agreed on in the statement that his performances are often disappointing and inadequate for a team trying to compete for the Stanley Cup.
With some of Hajjek’s critics saying the Czech defender is not good enough to play at the NHL level, New York needs to find a solution. It is currently written as the third choice man of defense on the left and will likely be on the list all year long. What this means is that your pilgrim is likely to appear more often. Like it or not, we’ll likely end up seeing the number 25 more than you’d like.
With Hajik in the lineup as is, it seems unlikely that management will see Hajik in the same way we treat fans. Probably beyond a reasonable doubt
The question arises, what do the Rangers do with Hajik from here? Hajek was acquired from Tampa Bay during the 2017-18 season in a deal that sent McDonagh and Miller into sunshine state. Now, it looks like the guy in town, everyone who doesn’t get paid by the organization wants to charge on the next bus out of town to whatever city or state you’re taking. How does it move?
Hajek could be conceded and sent to Hartford, but there are fears of compromise and losing a player for nothing is never good. There is hope that he will be given up again in 30 days or before he plays 10 games and the Rangers were the only team to get him back, but that seems to be a lot of trouble for the defensive man that I think everyone in New York will do. I would like to see it moved at this point.
This leaves the trade market. Hajik only makes $800,000 this year. It is not the most expensive and someone will probably be willing to take a trip on a cheap depth. Perhaps a cheaper team like Arizona or a team deep in rebuilding like Chicago would be a good fit for the striker. At this point it’s not clear, but we’ll see what happens as we get closer to the start of the season.