Jeremy Roenick said Doug Wilson has a difficult job ahead of him as the Sharks try to regroup after a devastating first round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Kings. But Roenick does know what he would do to change the team's makeup if he was San Jose's general manager this offseason.

"If it were me, like I said, I think Joe Thornton is the captain, and he should stay in place, but they should see what they can get for Patrick Marleau, who has been there his whole career, and maybe he needs a change of scenery and you can get a lot for him," said Roenick, a 20-year NHL veteran and now a hockey analyst with NBC, in an interview with this newspaper Wednesday.

San Jose Sharks’ Patrick Marleau (12) fights for the puck against Los Angeles Kings’ Trevor Lewis (22) in the third period in Game 7 of an NHL
San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) fights for the puck against Los Angeles Kings' Trevor Lewis (22) in the third period in Game 7 of an NHL first-round playoff series at the SAP Center on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) ( Nhat V. Meyer )

"He's an extremely talented player and you can get a lot on the market for a guy like him, and maybe change the chemistry on the team."

Much of the attention in the wake of another disappointing postseason has been focused on Thornton and Marleau and what the Sharks should do with the two 34-year-olds, who both signed three-year contract extensions in January and have no desire to leave San Jose.

Marleau led the Sharks with seven points in this year's series against the Kings, but was held pointless in the last three games. Thornton had three points, all coming in the first three games of the series.

Marleau has played his entire 16-year career with the Sharks and is the franchise leader in almost every offensive statistical category. Thornton just finished his ninth season in San Jose and has been the Sharks' captain since 2010.

"I think a lot's been said, how long are you going to keep the Thornton-Marleau combination together? Whether one of them needs to have a change of scenery and to try to get something for them while they're 33-34 years old," said Roenick, who is part of NBC's broadcast team for the Stanley Cup final.

"Both of them still have good years ahead of them. But I know that's been a question that the media has wondered, whether they can continue to go with the same guys, as the top guys. Joe being the captain, he would be the more likely guy to stay and run that team and continue to be the captain. The guy who's most obvious that might need to change is Marleau. Patrick is obviously a fan favorite, but for how long do the fans accept not making it to the big dance?"

Wilson has promised changes are in store for the Sharks, who were eliminated by the Kings for a second straight season. In an interview with Bay Area News Group columnist Tim Kawakami last week, Wilson said, "I want players that want to play here, not just live here."

Roenick has been highly critical of Marleau's compete level in the past.

After a playoff game against Detroit in 2011, Roenick called Marleau's performance "gutless," admitting later, however, that it was a poor choice of words. In Roenick's autobiography the following year, Marleau is depicted as a highly skilled player who needs to show more heart and play with more edge.

Roenick said Wednesday that Marleau "has to score goals in key games" but made it clear he didn't want to pin the Sharks' postseason shortcomings on one or two players.

"I don't want to sit here and say that it's Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau's fault. Because it's not. It's not at all. You win as a team and you lose as a team," Roenick said. "But sometimes when it goes this long, sometimes the tough decisions are going to have to be made. Sometimes you have to shake up certain parts of it."