By the time the Sharks announced the Gustav Nyquist trade late Sunday night, it was already old news to Mike Commodore.
The 11-year veteran NHL defenseman first scooped that the Detroit Red Wings were trading Nyquist, who was briefly Commodore's teammate in Detroit during his last season in the NHL (2011-12), to San Jose ... four hours and 48 minutes before TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that Nyquist had waived his no-trade clause to join the Sharks.
Mike Commodore had the Nyquist scoop hours before anyone else.— Marcus White (@marcuspwhite) February 25, 2019
And yes, I altered the tweets with an emoji because this account is rated "G" pic.twitter.com/JUeDkgazX1
DET has asked Gustav Nyquist to waive his NTC to facilitate a trade to SJ. Nyquist is apparently willing to do so, which would pave the way for DET and SJ to finalize/formalize this transaction.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 25, 2019
About two hours before McKenzie's TSN colleague Pierre LeBrun reported that the Sharks would send two draft picks to the Wings, Commodore had that detail, too. Alas, TSN's Darren Dreger was the first to report that those picks would be a 2019 second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick in 2020.
Still, Commodore beat us and everyone else to the punch by a few hours. It's fair to say he has earned the #Insiderrrr moniker (give or take a few 'Rs').
Commodore also reported Sunday night that Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds will head to the Winnipeg Jets, among other deals. Only the Nyquist trade had been completed as of press time, but we're going to give Commodore the benefit of the doubt.
Besides, maybe that way he'll let the rest of us sports journalists keep our jobs.