Getting over the embarrassment and criticism will be the easy part. The difficult part will be determining which players to ship out of town.
Thornton? Marleau? Nabokov?
There are plenty of options as the Sharks begin the healing process after their early playoff exit. The top-seeded Sharks were eliminated Monday night in Anaheim by the 8th seeded Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf and Jonas Hiller led the Ducks to a 4-1 victory and won the series four games to two.
The Sharks have the dubious distinction of being just the 4th team in NHL history to win the President's Trophy -- and yet -- get eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This also marks the 4th straight season the Sharks suffered an early exit from the postseason.
Long time Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson will now begin to make key changes to his roster.
Teemu Selanne and Francois Beauchemin scored their first playoff goals 43 seconds apart in the second period, and the eighth-seeded Anaheim Ducks ousted the Presidents' Trophy-winning Sharks from the first round.
Jonas Hiller made 36 saves to finish his phenomenal playoff series debut for the Ducks, who won a fight-filled Game 6 clincher in a remarkable playoff upset two years after winning the franchise's only Stanley Cup.