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Red Wings mid-day news: Zetterberg’s confection, ‘A day in the life,’ a teaser and Flipping Fil

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:

• In directly fan-participatory news:

 

And…

 


• 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.

My response?

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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May have to look into seeing if Royal Swedish Snowballs can be mail ordered!  If they’re good enough for Zata, they’re good enough for me!  Anything with chocolate and coconut has to be fabulous.

Posted by Karen W. from Cleveland, OH on 08/22/12 at 04:21 PM ET

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Um, they sound a lot like the Hostess Snowballs I loved as a kid…

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 08/22/12 at 04:33 PM ET

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Um, they sound a lot like the Hostess Snowballs I loved as a kid…

The only difference I see is that Hostess surrounded their center with chocolate cake.  So now the burning question is… Pink or White?  All you Hostess fans will know what I’m talking aboot.

Posted by calquake on 08/22/12 at 05:05 PM ET

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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…


Phoenix are one of the few teams wth defensive depth and in monetary trouble.  From the economic side taking on Fil would give them a very talented center to help balance the team and the fact Fil isn’t signed passed next year is actually good for them.  If he doesn’t pan out or doesn’t look like he’ll re-signthey can trade him for picks at the deadline and a player of Fils calibur then would bring in quite a haul for them.  Kenny knows this and would use it as leverage as to not have to give up Smith and Nyquist which in of itself is WAY TO HIGH, considering it’s expected out of all the Badger alumn to recently come into the NHL (dmen) Smith has the highest upside, most talent.  You know the other names in that group.  And considering Yandle is coming off a mediocre year and is 2 years removed from his Norris nomination, I just don’t think Maloney has that much leverage to ask for what you think he’ll ask for.. rather get what you think it’d take to get KY.

my .02

Posted by HTO from F*ckin' work on 08/22/12 at 06:45 PM ET

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Zetterberg’s swedish snowballs sound like the ones Hostess makes.  And probably just as gross (I hate coconut)

Posted by J M M on 08/22/12 at 08:03 PM ET

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The only difference I see is that Hostess surrounded their center with chocolate cake.

Posted by calquake on 08/22/12 at 03:05 PM ET

Good eye.  Looking back, it just said “covered in chocolate,” not chocolate cake.  My bad.  But I sure did love those things.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 08/22/12 at 09:06 PM ET

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Is there a source stating the requirement would be Filppula, smith, nyquist, and a first? Sounds like speculation. Smith is not the only tradable roster defenseman, and Nyquist is not the only tradable prospect. There may be other offers Phoenix would entertain.

Posted by NHLrick on 08/22/12 at 11:08 PM ET

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Of course it’s speculation. If I knew what the Coyotes were asking for, or whether the Wings and Coyotes have done more than say, “Hey, are you interested in Yandle?” “Yep.” “Well, okay. Call us after this CBA stuff’s over and/or we have an owner…” I’d start a fake insider Twitter account and throw ten more fake offers out there.

I would assume that a #1 defenseman would cost at least a strong defenseman in return, a roster player in return and a prospect. That’s the usual asking price. But that is my best guess, and as many have pointed out, it is highly suspect to imagine that the Coyotes would do a one-for-one with a player who will be a UFA next year in Filppula versus a player who’s just been signed to a contract extension in Yandle.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/22/12 at 11:21 PM ET

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I get what your saying. Was just trying to point out that there are other tradable pieces that fit the criteria. A one for one is not realistic, but neither is sending Filppula, Smith, Nyquist, and a first the other way.

Posted by NHLrick on 08/23/12 at 12:36 AM ET

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Buut everyone knows the Wings are prepared to sign a UFA and call it a day.  Phoenix is in need of center as much as we need d.  KH has some leverage here and like I said before filppula’s contract status is a benefit to the coyotes since top 6minutes 60+ point centers would bring a nice haul before a solid draft.  60 complete. Player at that.

My opinion is we keep them and let the kids take the helm

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/23/12 at 01:12 AM ET

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