SAN JOSE -- Sharks general manager Doug Wilson made two things clear Friday in his first appearance since the team he constructed committed the unpardonable sin of losing an NHL playoff series that began with three straight wins.

He was still incensed by it -- "This is not a nick or a scratch. This is an open wound."

And Todd McLellan and his assistants were not the problem.

"My recommendation is that our coaching staff be part of this going forward," Wilson said, dropping the ultimate decision on who strides behind the bench next season in owner Hasso Plattner's lap.

Plattner, who said when he took the reins of the ownership group in January 2013 that he did not plan to speak through the media, has not responded to email requests to discuss San Jose's playoff exit or what needs to be done next.

Wilson's endorsement of McLellan and his staff was consistent with what the general manager has said all season about the job they did guiding the Sharks, who lost key players such as Raffi Torres, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture to injuries for extended periods.

And, if accepted by Plattner, it also avoids the awkward and potentially costly move of firing a coach with two years remaining on his contract.

But it also comes very early in the process of the evaluation Wilson conducts annually to identify what went wrong in the playoffs and what needs to be done to improve his team's chances of finally winning the Stanley Cup. The assessment, he said, should take 10 to 14 days.

His own role, Wilson added, also will be judged by Plattner.

"And it should be," the general manager said. "What needs to be done for this organization is what's right for the organization. Nobody is bigger than this organization."

Before meeting with the media, Wilson addressed his team directly. He would not say what he told them, but earlier McLellan said the general manager "made it very clear how disappointed he was in the whole organization, not just the players. That included all of the staff and anything up and anything down. That's the way it should be."

Wilson did say fans have every right to feel upset with the Sharks for becoming only the fourth team in NHL history to fail to close out an opponent in four consecutive games.

"When you're up 3-0 in a series, you step on their throat and put them away," he said. "They came back and were able to establish their game for four games. We played it for three. It's not good enough. That's the truth."

When the time comes, he added, "we will make the decisions to make it right, but it can't be done in 24 hours and it shouldn't be done in 24 hours" because emotions need more time to quiet down.

As McLellan did immediately after the 5-1 loss that ended the series, Wilson singled out lack of offensive production from the Sharks' top players as part of his explanation of what went wrong.

"With all due respect to James Sheppard and Matty Irwin, they can't be your only goal scorers the last three games," Wilson said. "You can't go 0 for 16 on your power play."

McLellan talked with reporters as well but before Wilson disclosed his recommendation to Plattner. The Sharks coach did not appear concerned about his future, probably because other teams were reportedly lining up for his services if San Jose decided it was time for a change; one report already mentioned him as a candidate for the vacancy with the Vancouver Canucks.

McLellan indicated he was even more unhappy with his team's performance than he was the night of Game 7 when he accepted responsibility for the fact Los Angeles fixed its problems while the Sharks could not do the same.

"We went and looked at it again," the coach said, "and it just makes us more frustrated."

McLellan also declined to get into specific changes that he thinks must happen if the Sharks are to advance deeper in the playoffs under a divisional format that will pit them against the Kings or Anaheim Ducks most years.

But, he said, the same approach just won't work.

"Something has to change," McLellan said. "It's two years in a row losing to them. And, in fact, when we thought we had improved our group -- which I believe we did -- we got a weaker performance than we got the year prior."

For more on the Sharks, see David Pollak's Working the Corners blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/sharks. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/PollakOnSharks.

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