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Flyers GM Holmgren on Bryzgalov: “Ilya will be better next year”

May 10, 2012, 4:17 PM EST

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Flyers GM Paul Holmgren met with the media today and, as expected, fielded a number of questions about Ilya Bryzgalov. After Philly’s disappointing five game loss to New Jersey in the Eastern Conference semifinals — a series in which Bryzgalov’s play came under fire — Holmgren was asked to reflect on Bryz’s year and look ahead to his future.

Which the GM did…with confidence.

“I absolutely think being here a year will help him,” Holmgren said. “He had a lot of things to adjust to and adapt to. From playing in Philadelphia, the scrutiny of the media in Philadelphia compared to where he came from [Phoenix], the scrutiny of the fans compared to where he came from, different style of play…

“I don’t think there’s any question Ilya will be better next year.”

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In closing, some numbers to throw your way…

2011-12, Bryzgalov regular season: 33-16-7, .909 save percentage, 2.48 GAA
2010-11, Sergei Bobrovsky regular season: 28-13-8, .915 save percentage, 2.54 GAA

2011-12, Bryzgalov postseason: 5-6, .887 save percentage, 3.46 GAA
2010-11, Brian Boucher postseason: 4-4, .904 save percentage, 3.13 GAA

…In light of those, Bryzgalov better be better next year. The Flyers can’t afford him to be worse.

  1. govtminion - May 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    One would HOPE he’ll be better next year. He had some good stretches- March, for example- and he was really one of the only Flyers to show up in the second round, but he also had some really boneheaded moments as well- not the least of which was that epic gaffe on Tuesday night.

    Maybe that year Holmgren mentioned under his belt will help… certainly Flyers fans should be hoping so.

  2. biasedhomer - May 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    He won’t be any better if the defense doesn’t play better (and I’m not talking about just defensemen, forwards need to chip in defensively also)

  3. kwells44 - May 10, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    It’s not like this was his first year in the league or in the playoffs – he’s another Curtis Joseph.

    • dsd3 - May 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Pretty big difference between Phoenix and Philadelphia, both with the teams’ respective playing styles, and their environment as hockey cities. He’d never played in a place like Philly before.

      It’s not a given he’ll be better next year, but it’s not fair to assume some of these factors didn’t play a role in his bad year. They almost certainly did.

  4. couturierfellatesguys - May 10, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    i love filthy being in shambles. soup can army

    • dsd3 - May 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Get a life.

    • dsd3 - May 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      Also, your goaltender made Bryzgalov look like Henrik Lundqvist in comparison during the Pgh series, so I wouldn’t be talking.

  5. philly4lyfe - May 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    And yet we still managed to beat you. Says a lot about your team.

  6. bleed4philly - May 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Sure… Next time get a mentally tough goalie. Please. Thank you.

  7. crazemastercraze - May 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    The flyers:paper champs. their fans: seeing holographic championship rings on their favorite teams fingers year after year!

  8. couturierfellatesguys - May 10, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    the 75ers are showing their true colors again! mistake after mistake!!! hahahahaha we are loving this!! soup can army for life

  9. dannythebisforbeast - May 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Living Pittsburgh must be a miserable existence.

  10. dannythebisforbeast - May 10, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Living in Pittsburgh*

  11. couturierfellatesguys - May 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    not if you like living in the city of champions!!! the only kind of excitement filthy ever had was when the rocky movies were made there

    • maalea - May 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      Only a Podunk town like Pgh would claim itself the city of champions when the baseball team hasn’t had a winning record in 20 years and doesn’t have an NBA team

      Pitt has 3 rivers and they are all named denial.

      • jpelle82 - May 11, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        why would anyone want an nba team? i’d rather watch pigeons fight over bread crust.

      • maalea - May 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        Like I said. DENIAL.

        It’s not about the NBA per se. I haven’t watched a basketball game in 30 years.

        It’s about being a world class city that has world class events. Regardles of what we think world class events include NBA games, Soccer matches and Bicycle races. All of witch are held in Philadelphia.

        Pittsburgh is not deemed worth by the powers that control these events.

      • maalea - May 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        which

  12. tihomirg24 - May 10, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    As a Coyotes fan, I’ve definitely seen this before…twice. Bryzgalov was superb in the regular season and then disappeared (for the most part) in the playoffs.

  13. phillyphan83 - May 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    btw, 6ers won, douche

  14. steelwarriors55 - May 11, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Funny how people cant see life with anything other than pink glasses.Bryzgalov was awful at best and the main reason why we lost.Yeah the D was atrocious but it’s exactly why you have a goalie in a team to make it up for the mistakes made by the other players.People keep sayin that we need to improve our D well if you want us to have an all-star D then why spending 51 mil over 9 years to a goalie? The guy is getting paid top money so he needs to be a top performer which he is not.By the way dont you find it ironic that the 1st year he left Phoenix is the year they are getting a big run in the playoffs.Mark my words next year will be Bryz last in Philly

  15. Buffalo Grumblings - May 11, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    ….because I’m trading him.

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