Put those playoff plans on hold, Flyers fans.

And not just this season.

Philadelphia is stuck on the outside of the postseason for the fourth straight year after its fate was decided in Game 82. The Flyers' acceleration from expected painful rebuild to the cusp of the playoffs was faster than expected -- especially among those whose opinions matter most, coach John Tortorella and general manager Danny Briere -- which made the late-season free fall all the more puzzling and gut-wrenching.