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Pension Plan Puppets May 27, 2016

James Van Riemsdyk Named to U.S. World Cup Roster

The big winger is the fifth Leaf named to a World Cup Roster. Team USA announced today that James van Riemsdyk will be named to the U.S. World Cup roster. The 27-year old winger from Middleton, NJ will enter his fifth season with the Leafs in 2016-17. He put up 14 goals and 29 points in an injury-shortened 40 game season. Also named to the team today were Erik Johnson (COL), Jack Johnson (CBJ), Matt Niskanen (WSH), David Backes (STL), Brandon Dubinsky (CBJ), and Ryan Callahan (TBL). Van Riemsdyk joins Leo Komarov (Finland), Nikita Zaitsev (Russia), Milan Michalek (Czech Republic), and...
Pension Plan Puppets May 27, 2016

Patrik Laine to join Leo Komarov for another shot at gold

The World Cup of Hockey roster for Finland has some familiar names on it from the recent World Championships. Leo Komarov and Patrik Laine will be together again in Toronto this time for the World Cup. Komarov was named to the preliminary roster a few weeks ago, and today, with the final roster announcement for Team Finland, he's joined by Laine, Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sebastian Aho, and Mikko Koskinen from the World Championship silver medal winning team. One Finnish media report speculated on the Finnish third goalie by posing the question Which goalie will eat popcorn in...

UFA RW Michael Grabner

Grabner did not do well in Toronto but is there something there that the Flames might be interested in? Michael Grabner is a Leaf that was subjected to some odd usage under coach Mike Babcock. While being listed as and primarily playing as a right wing throughout his career, Grabner was nevertheless converted nearly full time to the left side playing with center Nazem Kadri and KHL pro Leo Komarov. The fact that he shoots left probably explains why he was saddled with both a center (25, no full seasons) and a winger (29, 171 GP in the NHL) that are for all intents and purposes easing their...
Pension Plan Puppets May 17, 2016

Leo Komarov is the winner in a shutout of Team Canada by Finland

Finland shut out Canada 4-0 to take the first overall spot in the IIHF World Championships, while Russia and Nikita Zaitsev easily beat Sweden 4-1. Finland - Canada - 4-0 Leo Komarov is not a cooperative fellow when it comes to narratives. Time after time, when the world wanted to see nothing but Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews, he made himself known. He scored in the pre-tournament friendly against the USA, he scored in Finland's round-robin win over the USA, and when the match up was supposed to be Laine vs. McDavid, it was Komarov with a goal again. This time his made it 2-0...
Pension Plan Puppets May 17, 2016

Auston Matthews, Leo Komarov, Nikita Zaitsev: all in action today at the World Championships

It's the last day of the round robin and all the Leafs players are in action. Yes, Martin Marincin too. Here's your schedule and a preview of what's at stake. Tuesday is the last day of action at the IIHF World Champions and it's packed with games starting early in the morning Toronto time. Schedule 5:15am Toronto time Czech Republic vs Switzerland USA vs Slovakia 9:15am Toronto time Latvia vs Norway Belarus vs France 1:15am Toronto time Russia vs Sweden Canada vs Finland What is at stake Relegation, quarterfinal seedings, even a spot in the quarters itself are all in flux. Teams...
Pension Plan Puppets May 15, 2016

Leafs Martin Marincin and Leo Komarov at the World Championships

As the round robin portion of the event heads to the clash of titans on Tuesday when Canada plays Finland, there are Leafs players in action today. I confess. I never noticed Martin Marincin had been named to Team Slovakia for the IIHF World Championships. I could lie and say he was a late addition, but he was named to the team on May 5, the day before the tournament opened. This isn't the first time I've missed him; he is a quiet player. If Patrik Laine is flash personified, at least among players not retired, then Marincin is placidity; a calm, seemingly effortless presence. ...
Pension Plan Puppets May 9, 2016

Uncle Leo defeats the US 3-2 at the IIHF WC

Leo Komarov gets the game-winning goal on a power play for Team Finland. Komarov goal pic.twitter.com/bOfK0ZWJYE— Stephanie (@myregularface) 9 May 2016 It's weird seeing familiar names in a different setting, but it's also nice seeing them all play again -- especially Uncle Leo, who is playing his heart out for his national team (undefeated at IIHF so far) this Spring for the IIHF World Championships. Today, Komarov scored the game-winning goal five minutes into the third for a score of 3-2, after Team USA player Patrick Maroon was sentenced to two minutes for tripping. Komarov's...
Pension Plan Puppets May 2, 2016

WATCH: Leo Komarov, Tyler Seguin play air hockey

They're getting ready for the World Cup. (Not the World Championships, the World Cup.) ... Okay, so that could have gone longer. At the same time, short and sweet, right? (Even if nobody scores a goal?) The World Cup of Hockey - not to be confused with the World Championships, which is incredibly easy to do - will be in Toronto from Sept. 17 - Oct. 1, and it's probably gonna be an awesome display of elite level hockey just before the NHL season gets underway. (It's gotta be better than the preseason at least, right?) To that end, Leo Komarov and Tyler Seguin teamed up - or, more accurately,...
Pension Plan Puppets May 1, 2016

2016 IIHF World Championships

Follow Leo Komarov's adventures with Team Finland and Morgan Rielly's with Team Canada, as they head into the IIHF World Championships in Russia this week. But, first they have to get by Auston Matthews. At the end of the NHL season, Leo Komarov missed some time due to injury, but he did play in the last game of the season for the Maple Leafs. He told reporters then that he wanted to play for Finland at the World Championships, but it wasn't set yet. Now we are sure. Finland has released their roster for the tournament a little earlier than most teams, and intriguingly, they have not left...
Pension Plan Puppets May 1, 2016

Leo Komarov to play in World Championships

It's official, Leo Komarov is on the final roster for Team Finland heading into the IIHF World Championships in Russia this week. But, first he has to get by Auston Matthews. At the end of the NHL season, Leo Komarov missed some time due to injury, but he did play in the last game of the season for the Maple Leafs. He told reporters then that he wanted to play for Finland at the World Championships, but it wasn't set yet. Now we are sure. Finland has released their roster for the tournament a little earlier than most teams, and intriguingly, they have not left any openings for other...