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San Jose Sharks look first at management for missing piece to Stanley Cup

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The 2013-14 NHL season could be the last with the San Jose Sharks for some of the team's employees. The second win of the Pacific Division finals could have been theirs but was won instead by the Los Angeles Kings Monday, May 5.

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Yet another failed Stanley Cup playoffs should mean more criticism and scrutiny. A promising 2013-14 NHL season that is followed with becoming one of the five teams in major North American sports to ever lose a 3-0 series lead—in the first round to a lower seed and Pacific Division rival, no less—can only be considered a failure.

Most of that will fall on the team, but it is easier to make changes in the coaching and front office staff. Unless a coach has legendary credentials (and sometimes even when they do), those are usually the first places to get examined.

The process is underway for San Jose, and general manager Doug Wilson told CSN Bay Area Insider Kevin Kurz Friday that it would be "10 days to two weeks" before any further decisions would be announced. That places a decision some time next week, and this is not a decision that can be made with haste or by emotion.

The coaches and management will evaluate the players and come up with a plan to get different results that the 2013-14 NHL season (and the nine before it in Wilson's tenure). Owner Hasso Plattner will have to make tough decisions in the front office.

Whatever personnel he moves forward with must examine potential coaching changes. Then it all has to be put together.

That also leaves plenty of time for speculation. Kurz already stated both Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan would probably be back. Monday, he linked comments in exit interviews on the 2013-14 NHL season that indicated there might be some major move on the horizon.

Every major publication covering the Sharks and some that do not will have suggestions. Here is the analysis of each coach and of Wilson, whose job must also be on the table after the historic Pacific Division semifinals choke this April. (All of the front office results fall on him, since we are not privy to the individual contributions to the rest of his administrative and scouting staff.)