Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 5/11/12


On Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers cleaned out their lockers and met with the media.  Besides the players being interviewed next to their stalls, General Manager Paul Holmgren held his season ending press conference.  

Homer touched on many different subjects after talking about the dissappointing effort the Flyers gave in Round Two.  He spoke about the play of Ilya Bryzgalov as well as captaincy with Chris Pronger and Claude Giroux.  Holmgren then spoke about the contract situations regarding Matt Carle and Jakub Voracek. And he touched on the play of the young guns and the future of Kimmo Timonen.

Holmgren seemed disappointed, and rightfully so, but you can see that he knows the future is bright for this team.  Here are some quotes from the Flyers General Manager:

On Chris Pronger:

"As it relates to Chris, as much as anything else, I'm a glass-is-half-full kind of guy, I believe he's going to play. But I don't know. I don't have anything to back that up."

On Matt Carle:

"If Matt wants to be here, we'd like to have him back, I don't see any reason why we can't work out a deal."

On Jakub Voracek:

"I think Jake had a good year, I think there's areas he can still get better at. I think he can work on his shot a little more; he can probably shoot the puck more. But he's an exciting young player who's going to continue to get better."

On Jaromir Jagr:

"I can still see Jaromir being a good player in our League next year. We did talk to him and his agent briefly during the year about next season. We kind of agreed to talk about it more after the season was done, but I have not met with Jaromir yet so we'll see."

On Claude Giroux and the Captaincy:

"Obviously Claude had a great year. Did he exceed expectations? I don't know -- he's sort of been trending that way for me the last couple of years. This year maybe because of the changes we made last summer gave him obviously a little more of a role, and he jumped all over it and had a great year."

"I think we make too much of this captaincy thing"

"Chris Pronger is our captain."

On Ilya Bryzgalov:

"I absolutely think being here a year will help him. He had a lot of things to adjust to and adopt to. From playing in Philadelphia and the scrutiny of the media as compared to what he came from, the scrutiny of the fans from what he came from and a different style of play. I don't think there is going to be any question that Ilya will play better next year.

"Did he play as good as I expect this year? I would say no. I think he is going to get one year under his belt. I have said this before about players who come from different organizations and sign a big money deal with a new team. There is an adjustment period. I thought that Kimmo [Timonen] went through it and Danny [Briere] went through it. I think there is a little bit of an adjustment period for Ilya in that position as goaltender for the Flyers. I think he handled it pretty good and he has probably learned something."

"His job is to stop pucks and help us win games. It is not Comedy Central. There is probably a middle of the road scenario somewhere in there. He is a funny guy to talk to, I don't think there is any question about that. He has got some interesting concepts of life and walk down the road. I know when to walk away. When I am talking to him I just say, 'Well, I gotta go now.'"

On the play of our young guys:

"We knew we had a good group of young guys. I think the coaches did a good job of putting them in situations and giving them roles that keep them excelling. To their credit they did. For [Sean] Couturier to play the role he did in the playoffs as a shut down centerman and make plays gives you a glimpse of what he is going to do in the future. It is pretty neat."

On Kimmo Timonen and his future:

"Absolutely. I met with Kimmo this morning and we talked a long time. He wants to play, not closing the door... I know his contract is up after next season, but he's certainly willing to talk about playing beyond next year, which is good news for me."

On Mike Richards and Jeff Carter:

"I hope the best for Mike and Jeff. I hope they do win the Stanley Cup at some point. They're both good kids and that's what they're playing the game of hockey for is to win, so that's good for them. I'm happy the way it's worked out for us. I wouldn't change anything."

There you have it Flyers fans, the season has come to an unfortunate end.  The Stanley Cup drought is now at 37 years, but the future is brighter than ever for this Flyers organization.  Stay tuned all summer long for any Flyers news, especially in the next few days when the injury list is released.

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