Holmgren wants Bryzgalov to focus next season



VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren calls his team’s season “decent.”

That’s not good enough in Philadelphia. The Flyers cleaned out their lockers on Thursday and said their farewells for the summer. They were eliminated by New Jersey in a five-game series in the Eastern Conference semifinals that ended on Tuesday.

Holmgren says he wants to see improvement from goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. The first-year Flyer made as many headlines for his quick quips than his play in net. Holmgren says, “It’s not Comedy Central.”

Holmgren also says he’s optimistic captain Chris Pronger can return next season. Pronger, a defenseman who was missed in the postseason, sat out most of the regular season, as well, because of severe post-concussion syndrome.

Forward Jaromir Jagr stopped short of saying he wanted to return to the Flyers. He does want to play next season in the NHL.