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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.”

2019 NHL All-Star Game: Which hockey clichés do superstars love to use?


2019 NHL All-Star Game: Which hockey clichés do superstars love to use?

SAN JOSE -- Claude Giroux leaned into the microphone placed directly in front of him, and gave an answer he surely has spoken a few times before.

“Yeah, we just gotta keep it simple,” the Philadelphia Flyers center said Thursday night. “When it’s not going your way, I guess, you just gotta put it deep.”

He hesitated a bit.

“I think that’s the one,” he said with a smile. 

Giroux didn't say this from a podium after a game, but from one inside City National Civic on Thursday night’s media day ahead of the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. And this time, he was asked to give his favorite hockey cliché. 

Keeping it simple. Getting the puck deep. If you’ve watched a professional hockey player in an interview before, during and after a game, you’re surely familiar with Giroux’s words.

And the litany of others he did not say Thursday, such as the pair that were on the tip of Vancouver Canucks rookie sensation Elias Pettersson's tongue. 

“The first that comes to mind is, 'You get the puck to the net. Get bodies in front,' " he told NBC Sports California, adding that “[getting] the puck deep” is another one of his favorites.

The 20-year-old Swede has played in Vancouver for fewer than four months, and all of 40 games. Yet he quipped that some clichés already are starting to become a part of his press-conference vernacular. 

Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson said he didn’t have a particular cliché in mind. For him, the conversational context is key, as is the result of the game.

"Yeah, usually if you there's a win, you have one or two,” Gibson said when asked if he has different clichés in mind if his team is winning or losing. “If there's a loss, I'm sure you've heard it all. 'We didn't get the pucks deep, or turnovers' and all that stuff, right?"

All that stuff is so commonplace, and it makes sense as to why. Clichés are quick, catchy and easily repeatable. Perhaps most importantly, though, a good hockey cliché succinctly or accurately describes the action it’s describing. 

There’s a reason we’ve heard them all before. 

"It's just something you always hear, so you go with it," Gibson said. 

The same can be said about the awareness of their mere existence, and the subsequent winking acknowledgement. Hockey clichés are so widespread that knowing them has become, well, something of a cliché.

Moments after Giroux divulged his favorite expressions and he was wrapping up his podium session, New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal took the stage with NHL Network host Jackie Redmond.

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After a few questions, she wrapped up with one more: What’s Barzal’s “favorite, go-to hockey cliche?” 

“I don’t know … get the puck deep,” Barzal said with a laugh. “Get the legs going.”

Those who follow, cover, or play hockey are aware of the oft-used expressions. They know what they mean, when to use them and which ones could line up a bingo card on any given night. That’s not to say you’ll stop hearing them anytime soon. 

After all, sometimes you just gotta keep it simple.