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by George Malik on 08/22/12 at 03:55 PM ET
Amongst today’s Red Wings-related news: In addition to the whole remaining in Metro Detroit as he’s a member of the NHLPA’s negotiating committee thing, the Detroit Free Press’s Sylvia Rector reports that Henrik Zetterberg will be bringing a Swedish desert treat to Metro Detroit:
Detroit Red Wing Henrik Zetterberg is helping bring a traditional European treat — Royal Swedish Snowballs — to the United States in a cooperative arrangement with Just Baked, a Livonia-based specialty cupcake company.
The treats — sold for more than 100 years in Sweden — consist of a center of marshmallow-like vanilla crème covered in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut so they resemble snowballs. Zetterberg says they were one of his favorite childhood desserts.
The snowballs will make their U.S. debut on Sept. 5 at all 12 Just Baked cupcake shops. From noon to 1 p.m., Zetterberg will be at the Royal Oak shop, 32828 Woodward, to autograph Royal Swedish Snowball T-shirts for the first 50 people who buy the treats during his visit. No other merchandise will be signed.
He is a partner with Jan Jutbo, owner and CEO of the Royal Swedish Snowballs company, who has worked for years to bring the product to the U.S. They will be produced in the U.S. by Just Baked at its Livonia production facility, according to Just Baked founder Pam Turkin.
The snowballs will be sold in four-packs and six-packs for $5.99 and $8.99 respectively.
• In other news of a semi-fan participatory nature, from the Wings:
RWTV is on location today with one of the Wings doing a Day in the Life feature. Stay tuned for updates! twitter.com/DetroitRedWing…— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 22, 2012
‘Day in the Life’ starts…now. Stay tuned for more behind the scene photos instagr.am/p/OoPtQ5R4_m/— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 22, 2012
• In directly fan-participatory news:
• If you’re interested, IIHF.com posted a Q and A with Sergei Fedorov that’s worth your time…
• I guess you can call this “coming attractions”: Marie Hallman posted two interview with Niklas Kronwall in Swedish, and if I wasn’t running on about seven hours of sleep over the past two days due to hauling the mom around to early-morning doctor’s appointment, I would translate them now, but I’ve asked Marie if she can lend a hand and will have to delay as I am both exhausted and came down with a predictable amount of waiting room flu (despite sitting in the car waiting for the mom), and have a “focus group” regarding my mental health care to attend at 6 as well;
• And I’m going to put this simply: Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski pondered whether, as the Free Press’s Helene St. James suggeseted, the wings have to decide whether to keep Valtteri Filppula or move him, and Wyshynski suggested that the Wings should indeed swap Filppula for Keith Yandle.
Easy. There is no way that the Phoenix Coyotes would trade their #1 defenseman to the supposed archrival Red Wings for Valtteri Filppula, straight up. They would also ask for an NHL defenseman in return—probably Brendan Smith—as well as a prospect (probably Nyquist) and a 1st round pick, and I would not trade Filppula, Smith, Nyquist and a 1st rounder for Yandle. That’s too expensive…
And I don’t think that the Coyotes would even consider trading Yandle to the Red Wings to begin, regardless of the return. They want to keep their #1 defenseman. That’s why they signed him to a contract extension. He’s not going anywhere.
Update: According to the Denver Post’s Mike Chambers, Kyle Quincey is at Denver University presently, taking part in their alumni pro camp.
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