SAN JOSE -- Defenseman Dan Boyle said Friday he wants to be back with the Sharks for next season and beyond, adding that he believes he can be "part of the solution" as the team tries to rebound from the most gut-wrenching playoff series loss in franchise history.

Boyle, who made $6.66 million this past season and is due to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, said he has expressed to the Sharks that he would like to be back in San Jose in the fall. But he added that he has not gotten an indication from the Sharks as to whether they want him back.

"I like it here, of course. Then again, there are two sides to it," said Boyle, who is in the last year of his contract that paid him $40 million over six years. "They've got to want me back, so we'll see how it plays out. I don't have anything to go on right now. I believe I'm part of the solution and not part of the problem moving forward. We'll see what happens."

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson did not want to publicly address specific players Friday, saying he first needed to meet with members of the team.

"We lost, and the responsibility is shared amongst all of us. It starts with me," Wilson said, adding that coach Todd McLellan "talked about some of the issues that he saw and he felt. It's what before who. We'll get to who soon enough."

Boyle is one of five Sharks who are set to become unrestricted free agents this summer. He will turn 38 on July 12 but said he feels he has more than one year left in him.

"I understand where I'm at. I'm not looking for three-four years, but I've got more than one," Boyle said. "I think that there's going to be a lot of talk about my age and me moving forward, and the decline of my game, which I've heard a lot. But I'm proud the way I finished the season. How I played in the playoffs."

Boyle, who led all Sharks defenseman with 36 points in 75 games this season, had four assists in the seven-game loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference quarterfinals. But only one of those assists came in the last four games of the series, as the Sharks let a three-games-to-none lead slip away.

"This is the first time I've left my house since I got back after the game," said Boyle, who has 561 points in 954 career regular-season games. "It's definitely the worst loss in my career, and I'm not going to get over this for a long time. This one hurts a lot."

  • Sharks forward Raffi Torres said he felt like he "was skating around pretty much on one leg" by the end of Game 7.

    Torres, who had surgery in September to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and missed all but five regular-season games, said it was a struggle just to get up and get on the ice midway through Game 7.

    "At one point there I was just skating around and was just kind of like, 'What am I doing on the ice right now?' But hey, that's just part of it. You just had to be out there," Torres said Friday. "I'll get healthy this summer and come back, come back stronger."

    Torres said he will use the summer months to rest his surgically repaired knee but didn't want to speculate whether he may need an additional procedure.

  • Goalie Alex Stalock is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 but said his first preference is to remain with the Sharks, to whom he feels loyal after the team stuck with him through what was a career-threatening leg injury three years ago.

    "I really like it here. It's the only organization I've been on, and they've been great to me since day one," Stalock said, "and with everything I've been through, it's been handled great. I can only say good stuff."

    Stalock, 26, is set to become a Group 6 unrestricted free agent since he has five seasons of professional experience but fewer than 26 games in the NHL in which he played a minimum of 30 minutes.

    Stalock started Game 6 against the Kings, and would have become a restricted free agent if he had played 30 minutes or more in three more games. In his first full NHL season, Stalock had a 12-5-4 record as a backup to Antti Niemi.

    Stalock made $625,000 this past season, according to capgeek.com but figures to get a raise after he accumulated a .932 save percentage and a 1.87 goals against average for the Sharks.