Vibe has changed for new-look Flyers

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:37 PM ET

VOORHEES, N.J. - If you want to get a sense of the change in the Philadelphia Flyers dressing room vibe after a summer of dramatic upheaval, just listen.

It's only training camp, but with new captain Chris Pronger continue to crack wise and new goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov drawing laughs in another corner Monday, the volume in the Flyers room is different, higher. That's not to say one or the other is better as far as success goes -- the Flyers went to a final with Mike Richards as captain -- but if a goal was to change the mood around the team with the trade of Richards and Jeff Carter during the summer, early indications are it's working.

"Every year is different from year to year with different personnel coming in and out. I think the room changes with that. The players we have here are good guys and it's good that you sense that," said Flyers coach Peter Laviolette. "That's what you want. Four years ago it was different from what it was two years ago, which is different from last year. Certainly the changes make it different this year.

"I checked. We haven't lost a game yet, so maybe that's why everybody was happy."

Bryzgalov is, as Laviolette put it, vibrant.

He was asked if he had noticed the difference already between being in Phoenix, where he played the last four seasons, and Philly, one of the most passionate hockey cities around.

"Yup, yup. They even recognize me on the streets," said Brygalov. "They say, 'Hey, Bryz, how you doin'?' Basic things. 'Welcome to Philly.' 'Get you a coffee...on the house?'"

Wait until you have a bad game, he was told by one the Flyers media contingent.

"Double price then?" he said with a laugh.

Pronger, meanwhile, did his usual sparring with the media after taking part in team drills for the first time as he comes back from back and wrist issues. His favourite target is long-time beat guy Tim Panaccio of CSNphilly.com who was wondering if Pronger has had his ups and downs.

"I always have bad days. Right now is a bad day. I'm looking at you, Tim, that's a bad day."

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