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Sharks trade defenseman Justin Braun to Flyers, acquire two draft picks

Sharks trade defenseman Justin Braun to Flyers, acquire two draft picks

The Sharks kept retooling their lineup for the future on Tuesday as the team traded defenseman Justin Braun to the Philadelphia Flyers.

In return, San Jose acquired a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2020 draft.

Braun has spent his entire professional career playing for the Sharks, having been drafted in the seventh round in the 2007 draft. The left-hander scored 154 total points (24 goals, 130 assists) and was a plus-24 in 607 games played. He tallied 16 points (2 goals, 14 assists) in 78 games played in the 2018-19 season.

The Minnesota native has been a staple on the Sharks' blue line, spending a significant amount of time paired with Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Braun averaged 19:56 minutes of ice time per game through nine regular seasons in teal and 21:01 minutes of ice time through 84 Stanley Cup playoff games. Braun was also a lock on San Jose's penalty kill, which ended the last regular season with a 80.8-percent success rate.

While the trade gives the Sharks a second-round pick in the upcoming draft, it also leaves them without a left-shooting veteran defenseman in their starting lineup. San Jose currently has left-handed shot Joakim Ryan, who is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, and AHL defenseman Jacob Middleton, who played three games at the professional level last season.

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Braun has one year left on his current five-year contract before hitting free agency. The trade increases the Sharks' projected cap space by $3.8 million, according to CapFriendly

The Sharks still have 21 players on their list of free agents. It'll be a busy summer for Doug Wilson and Co.

Mike Commodore reported Sharks' Gustav Nyquist trade hours before everyone

Mike Commodore reported Sharks' Gustav Nyquist trade hours before everyone

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. 

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. 

Source: 49ers turn to NHL to fill position of head coach of training


Source: 49ers turn to NHL to fill position of head coach of training

The 49ers have filled the position coach Kyle Shanahan described as a head coach of training, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Ben Peterson, who has served as director of sports science for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League since August of 2016, will reportedly take on a similar role with the 49ers. The Athletic was first to report the news on Monday. Peterson's title with the 49ers has yet to be determined, a source said.

The 49ers are undergoing a restructuring of their strength and conditioning program and athletic training staff this offseason. The club fired strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright and head athletic trainer Jeff Ferguson after the season.

“It’s about where we want to go, how we can make the overall process of it better,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said last month. “Injuries happen, and we’ve looked into that, and we’re going to do everything we can to improve that. We have to, because that has hurt us a lot in the last two years.”

The 49ers had 37 players finish on injured reserve the past two seasons, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon, both of whom sustained torn ACLs last season. McKinnon sustained his injury before the first regular-season game. Garoppolo was lost for the season in Week 3. Shanahan and general manager John Lynch said they want better coordination between the team's medical and strength and conditioning programs.

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“(The new position will) mold those two places so you’re not dealing with separate parts of the building and we can make it a little more collaborative,” Shanahan said.

Peterson has experience in integrating strength and conditioning, sports medicine, physical therapy and nutrition. He previously worked at Catapult Sports and is co-author of Triphasic Training.

Peterson described his role in his bio: “I help teams identify and evaluate contextual analytics by measuring training volumes, (accelerations, decelerations, change of direction speeds, biomechanical and physiological load quantifications), in real time, to improve performance outcomes and reduce soft tissue injuries of athletes.”