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San Jose Sharks Michal Handzus (26) fires the puck at the net against St. Louis Blues in the second period of game four of the 1st round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Josie Lepe/Staff)

Todd McLellan stopped short of labeling the Sharks' regular season a disappointment.

"We got where we wanted to go," the coach said Saturday night after the Sharks were eliminated by the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. "We wanted to get into the tournament."

But whenever a franchise loses its standing as one of the NHL elite, it's a disappointment.

So now what?

The angriest segment of the fan base has been calling for a roster makeover for weeks, and the volume will only increase after a five-game playoff stay that was the shortest in team history.

Before anything can take place, however, decisions need to be made about possible changes at a higher level.

Will ownership assess the moves made by general manager Doug Wilson in the last 10 months and decide someone else should do his job? Will the general manager stick with coach Todd McLellan?

In any case, it's likely the roster will undergo significant change. After all, last season, after finishing much closer to the Stanley Cup, the Sharks brought in nine new players.

Who stays? Who goes?

Trades happen only if teams have mutual needs and economic flexibility. No-trade clauses can get in the way. Player movement could be further restricted by uncertainty about the collective bargaining agreement, which expires in September.

One wild card in the marketplace is the likely availability of Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash. Nash definitely was interested in becoming a Shark at the trade deadline, though no deal could be worked out. If something does develop, it could cost the Sharks a player they otherwise would want to keep, perhaps a Joe Pavelski or a Ryane Clowe.

That said, here's a look at where things stand -- contractually and otherwise -- with the Sharks roster:

  • There are at least two question marks among Sharks forwards on the top two lines.

    Joe Thornton is not one of them. He has developed into San Jose's best player in the clutch at either end of the ice.

    In contrast, Patrick Marleau has become an even bigger enigma. He may have been a strong presence in playoffs past, but this season he was held without a point after scoring 30 goals and 64 points in the regular season.

    Marleau, however, has a no-trade clause, a wife and family settled into the area and, perhaps, limited value in the marketplace as his contract pays him $6.9 million each of the next two seasons.

    Marty Havlat is another Shark who might not have lived up to expectations. Yes, San Jose had a much better record with Havlat in the lineup than when he was injured in the regular season.

    But when he played, there was a lack of consistency, as he managed only seven goals and 20 assists in those 39 games, a scoring rate far below his best years in Ottawa and Chicago -- and even a dip from his performance in Minnesota. However, Havlat reportedly has a full no-movement clause in the contract that pays him $5 million each of the next three seasons.

    Of the remaining three top forwards, at this point only Logan Couture should be considered close to untouchable by the front office.

    Pavelski had a career-high 31 goals and was his usual reliable self in the regular season, before going without a point and finding little faceoff success in the playoffs. But only a deal of the Nash magnitude might prompt the Sharks to move Pavelski.

    Clowe saw a drop in goals from 24 to 17 in the regular season, but his passion is a commodity in short supply in the Sharks locker room. He should be staying around unless he, like Pavelski, becomes part of a package for someone such as Nash.

  • Among the Sharks' top four defensemen, only Marc-Edouard Vlasic played consistently enough all season to be off the table.

    Brent Burns signed a five-year, $28.8 million contract extension before playing his first game as a Shark. While the front office did seem satisfied with his inaugural season in San Jose, Burns didn't have the impact here that he did with the Minnesota Wild. His hits dropped from 133 to 68 and his points fell from 46 to 37 in San Jose.

    Burns is only 27 and could mature into the top-tier defenseman the Sharks were looking for, but he wasn't there this season.

    Dan Boyle was his usual strong presence on the ice and vocal leader off it most of the season. But he played hurt early on, and it showed; later when the team struggled, he might have been trying to do too much. Boyle still has value here, but he also might have value in a blockbuster deal.

    He does have the same no-trade clause he came to San Jose with -- perfect evidence that if teams are determined and rude enough, any player can be moved -- and another two seasons paying him $6.67 million each.

    The wear and tear of being a beast on the blue line might have taken its toll on Douglas Murray. At 32 and fighting injuries, his hits were down and he seemed a step slower and unable at times to keep up with the speed of today's NHL. The Sharks do need his physical presence but could look elsewhere for it.

  • Goaltender Antti Niemi may not have matched St. Louis netminder Brian Elliott in the playoffs, and he did contribute to his team's demise in the final game by fumbling a shot, but it's hard to see finding a replacement as a high priority.

    Niemi wasn't perfect, but he was solid and not among the team's biggest problems in either the regular season or the playoffs.

  • Six Sharks become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

    Based on their lack of playing time late in the season or during the playoffs, it's difficult to see Brad Winchester, Jim Vandermeer or Dominic Moore coming back.

    Colin White struggled early but at season's end was a solid presence on the blue line; still, at 34 and with his family living on the East Coast, it's hard to see him returning to the Sharks.

    Torrey Mitchell earned nearly $1.4 million last season but has not lived up to the offensive promise he showed as a rookie and lacks the size for strong physical play. Don't be surprised if he is not offered a new contract.

    Daniel Winnik did show both the physical play and occasional flash of offense that Wilson was looking for at the trade deadline. He could be a keeper if he also liked what he saw in San Jose.

  • Five more Sharks become restricted free agents.

    Based on both their play and the enthusiasm generated in the front office this season, Tommy Wingels, Andrew Desjardins and Justin Braun can expect new contracts or extensions of their existing ones.

    TJ Galiardi was seen as a playoff contributor when obtained from Colorado at the trade deadline. But he was benched following Game 2 of the playoffs after taking a charging penalty against Blues forward Andy McDonald that seemed to inspire the entire St. Louis team. Galiardi likely is considered expendable at this point.

    The same can be said for Benn Ferriero, who showed the ability to score the occasional timely goal but not the accompanying skills necessary to earn a regular shift.

  • Another of Wilson's acquisitions last summer, Michal Handzus, has another year on his contract that pays him $2.5 million. He knows the season has been a struggle and if there is a market for him, he could be gone.

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