According to TN.cz, former Wings prospect Matej Machovsky has issued something of a warning to new Wings signing Patrick Rybar. Machovsky said the following while holding a press conference regarding his signing with HC Sparta Prague (roughly translated):
“I’ll take it as a lost year,” said Machovsky, sadly. “Perhaps I would have stayed for another year, but in another organization. I really didn’t want to be in Detroit when you know that you can play the way you want, but you still won’t get a chance…Every goalie needs to feel confident, and if you don’t, it’s hard to work on it,” he said during Tuesday’s press conference with his new employer, HC Sparta Prague.
“It seemed to me that the door to Detroit had closed even before I got there, but I didn’t know and signed the contract. But before the season I found out that the only person who wanted me there was the farm team’s goaltending coach. It was difficult to get through it,” added Machovsky.
Machovsky played almost exclusively for the Toledo Walleye last season, but he probably would have played for the Grand Rapids Griffins this upcoming year. Machovsky’s patience wore thin, and the Czech Extraliga veteran chose to go home.