Despite his record, he gave the team a lift and got a new contract for it. Granted, he hasn’t lived up to that contract (and that’s probably an understatement). The Thrashers tried something that new teams do; giving a good player the chance to play and prove himself. While it seems as though the mantle of starting goaltender is not what Hnilicka was meant to be, he has shown his ability and competitiveness. Maybe he’ll build on this and strive to be a starter again, but he has proven that he can play under difficult circumstances and do well.
The beginning of this year has been horrible for every Thrasher. Once the team is a bit more stable, I’d like to see Milan get another chance. But that may not happen. If that’s the case, so be it. But I do believe that he is more than worthy of a backup role somewhere, wherever that may be.
Don’t always look at the numbers. That’s where many fans get tripped up. Look at the player himself and what he can provide. You’d be surprised who is a worthy player and who isn’t.]]>
i wouldn’t mind someone who needs a backup eventually landing him either, but before that team does the thrashers better pick up at least a sizeable portion of the $1.25 million salary tag he has.]]>