The Czech Extraliga is on pause due to the coronavirus, but HK Mountfield GM Miroslav Schon took part in a Q and A session with Hokej.cz’s Jan Vavrina, and he answered a question about Filip Hronek’s status with the team. What follows is roughly translated from Czech:
The NHL will start later than originally planned. Is the team ready and able to continue to take out [more] insurance for Filip to stay in Hradec Kralove as long as possible?
“Again, these are mixed feelings. As Filip essentially developed into a top NHL player in one season [in the NHL], his price also increased. Of course, I’m happy that he’s become so great, and am sincerely happy about it. On the other hand, insurance for his contract has climbed to a relatively high amount, and we pay for the package. However, I can’t imagine that as long as Filip is here, he won’t play, he wants to play and he wouldn’t be thrilled if we had him sit in the stands. I can’t imagine what the Hradec Kralove fans would say to us. A number of [corporate] partners have taken part in the insurance, and we will certainly find the money for Filip to play here for as long as possible.”