Toronto Maple Leafs Auston Matthews signs deal with CCM Hockey

Auston Matthews has signed a new partnership deal inking a multi-year agreement with CCM Hockey.

No details are available on the deal, or what it will entail, but it safes to say that we’ll be seeing Matthews donning some CCM gear on the ice.
“We are stoked to enter into this collaborative partnership with one of the best, boldest and most unique players in the game and have him join the CCM family of the most elite NHL players in the world,” said Rick Blackshaw, CEO of CCM Hockey. “The timing couldn’t be better as the greatest sport on Earth finally resumes. Auston is about performance, commitment and style; and together we will be fearless game changers.”
Matthews said CCM has always been a company he admired.
“I am excited to partner with them,” said Matthews. “Their dedication to innovation and their forward-thinking approach with their products is something that really resonates with me. I am looking forward to what they will come up with next.”
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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Tanner Roark Brings Durability to Blue Jays Rotation

It wasn’t the flashiest signing but the Blue Jays inking of Tanner Roark for 2 years $24M, brings durability and consistency to a rotation that is sorely lacking that. Roark was worth 2.0 WAR last season, split between the Reds and Athletics. Steamer, the projection system hosted at Fangraphs, projects him to worth a similar 1.6 WAR this upcoming season.
Roark was signed primarily because of his durability. He has thrown at least 150 innings in each of the last four seasons. He should in theory replace the 124.0 innings thrown by Clay Buchholz, Clayton Richard and Edwin Jackson last season (a trio that combined to be worth -0.6 WAR).
Roark is your standard back of the rotation arm. He doesn’t get a ton of strikeouts but gets enough (21.9% K rate), to be effective. Same with walks, he doesn’t have pinpoint control (7.1% BB rate), but it’s good enough to be effective. The biggest thing for Roark is the long ball. His home run per fly ball rate has been double digits in each of the last three seasons. His best two seasons in 2014 and 2016 he was able to keep that under 10% and his ERA was under three. …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation