Paul Holmgren, who was taken to a hospital last summer following a biking accident in Avalon, showed up to today’s all-too-Philly press conference (year end commiseration) wearing a tie adorned with bicycles. The irony is perfect, because both the bike and this season had a way of sending its riders face first into the pavement…
Anyway, Homer spoke at length about the team. There were the usual remarks about reasons for losing, possible offseason acquisitions, and areas on which to improve. The highlight, however, came when Homer was asked about Ilya Bryzgalov, and Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, who, in case you haven’t noticed, are still playing.
First, on Bryz and muzzling his personality, which the Flyers did at times this season:
“His job is to stop pucks and help us win games, it’s not Comedy Central. There’s probably a middle of the road scenario there. He’s a funny guy a talk to, I don’t think there’s any question about that. He’s got some interesting concept about life and how to walk down the road of life.”
Get a kick out of it?
“I know when to walk away. When I’m talking to him I just say, hey buddy, I got to go.”
Homer also gave his thoughts on Richards and Carter, and said he wished them well and would like to see them win a Stanley Cup one day.