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by Paul on 08/13/12 at 10:47 AM ET
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
“Did he play as good as I expected? I would say no,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said of Bryzgalov’s first season in Philadelphia.
As Bryzgalov enters his second year with the team, however, the belief is he’ll be more comfortable and return to being the player who was a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2010.
Bryzgalov was 10th in the League last season with 33 wins, but had a 2.48 goals-against average that was 21st and a .909 save percentage that ranked 33rd. Those numbers went farther in the wrong direction in the playoffs….
“Once you get to know the guys and you feel more comfortable in your house, in your life, all that kind of stuff, definitely you get more confidence as the year goes on,” (Scott) Hartnell said. “Next year he’ll come back from Russia in the summer and his house is all set up—he’ll be ready to play.”
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