Penguins Release Defenseman, Freed To Sign Overseas

After spending a number of years bouncing between the NHL and the AHL, 25-year-old Czech Republic native Libor Hájek has been granted a release from his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins' AHL affiliate in order for him to head back overseas.  

And with that, the former New York Ranger has signed a long-term deal in Czechia, with Dynamo Pardubice. 

Hajek spent parts of the previous five seasons with the Rangers and their
AHL affiliate the Hartford Wolf Pack. He averaged around 15 minutes of ice time per game while with the Rangers in a 6th or 7th defenseman role, throughout 110 NHL contests. The sizable D-man (6'2", 210 pounds) registered 12 points and a minus-9 rating. He had played 11 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Penguins' AHL affiliate, this season. 

He came to Pittsburgh on a PTO this past fall, and earned a job with the Penguins' WBS team. 

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