There will be a reckoning for the Philadelphia Flyers missing the NHL playoffs

Philadelphia Flyers Sean Couturier (L) celebrates with teammate Jay Rosehill against the Toronto...

Philadelphia Flyers Sean Couturier (L) celebrates with teammate Jay Rosehill against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Toronto, April 4, 2013. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:54 AM ET

It’s not all harmonious in the City of Brotherly Love.

The Philadelphia Flyers were supposed to be Stanley Cup contenders when this shortened season kicked off in January, but next Saturday night in Ottawa, the club’s year will come to a crashing halt with no playoffs this spring.

With a win “at all costs” philosophy — best exemplified by the offer sheet made to Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber last summer — owner Ed Snider is reportedly furious with his team’s poor performance.

The post mortems and ultimately, the hand-wringing is about to begin. GM Paul Holmgren and coach Peter Laviolette have both been given support publicly. Surely, somebody will pay the price for this disaster.

Do the Flyers have any choice but to compliance buyout both goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and centre Daniel Briere?

Bryzgalov has seven years remaining with a cap hit of $5.66 million. Briere has two years with a cap hit of $6.5 million.

The key question remains: How deep the changes will go? While Holmgren has received the dreaded vote of confidence from Snider, one has to wonder what responsibility he bears for this colossal disaster.

Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall, a former Flyers goalie, is an obvious choice to take over.

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