Doug Wilson

End of Sharks season could bring end to Thornton-Marleau era

After going through the handshake line of an early playoff loss, an emotional Patrick Marleau stood by the San Jose bench and looked up at the crowd at the Shark Tank.

The end of another season in San Jose could be the end of an era after the Sharks were eliminated in Game 6 of the first round with a 3-1 loss to Edmonton on Saturday night.

With longtime stalwarts Marleau and Joe Thornton heading into potential free agency this summer at age 37, the Sharks could have a very different look next season.

"I'm not even really thinking about that right now," Marleau said. "There will be time to reflect on all that."

Thornton and Marleau entered...