Machovský joined the current seventh team of the Finnish top league before the current year from Sparta Prague, and KalPa counted on him as the number one goalkeeper. But so far he has caught only thirteen games with a save percentage of 87.80 and an average of 2.59 conceded goals per game.
On the other hand, twenty-year-old club pupil Juha Jatkola began to get more space, and probably deservedly so, as he can boast of better numbers than Machovský.
Machovský showed his dissatisfaction with the workload in the game back in December, when he posted a photo of himself from training in the stories on his Instagram. The text then read: “Sir, how would you like your steak to be done?” And Machovský replied that it was exactly the same as his playing load, i.e. “rare”. Which means rare and, in connection with the preparation of the steak, almost raw.
KalPy sports director Anssi Laine told the Finnish daily Ilta Sanomat that Machovský’s departure came as a bolt from the blue.
“He came to the stadium in the morning to tell us. Things moved really quickly. It is a big problem for Finnish hockey, but also for hockey as a whole. We have fulfilled all the requirements of the contract,” Laine said, adding that he is confident the club will receive compensation.
Matěj Machovský, who has represented KalPa since August 2022, has violated the player contract between KalPa and the player, which applies to the League season 2022–2023.
KalPa will demand damages due to the breach of contract.
— KalPa (@KalPa_Hockey) January 13, 2023
“I believe in it if Machovský still wants to play somewhere,” he added.
Kuopio CEO Toni Saksman also believes that Machovský violated the player’s contract by leaving the club.
“All employees are obliged to perform the work given in the contract if they are healthy. In this case, he has a valid player contract for a fixed period of time, which he did not fulfill,” Saksman told Finnish television Yle.
Saksman does not want to disclose the amount of the requested financial compensation. The club is said to be solving everything with the Finnish Hockey Association. “We reported the violation in writing. In hockey, there is an international transfer system that allows you to refuse transfers, and we will not accept his transfer until compensation for the violation is provided,” he points out.
“We are waiting and hoping that (Machovský) will pay the damages. Then he would again have the opportunity to practice his profession somewhere else,” Saksman added.
According to two Sport.cz sources, Machovský’s new address should be the Czech Extraliga. The former mainstay of Pilsen or Sparta is on the way; so if he resolves his situation in Kuopio; to Kometa from Brno! She is struggling with the game and there is no satisfaction even with the goalkeeper tandem Čiliak – Furch.