The week didn't start well for the Minnesota Wild. It did, however, end well. With that success comes a rise in several of the stocks available for you, the fan. With as much naysaying (not a word, by the way) as there is surrounding this team, it would be easy to throw the team to the wind, call it a bear market and walk away. It's what the big banks would do, right?
This ain't AIG, folks.
The Wild are not too big to fail by any means, but they sure don't seem to be on the verge of anything. Is it a bubble? Is it about to burst? You can certainly get that feel if you listen to those unwilling to buy in. The Wild have bought in... have you?
The only question left is: bull or bear?
Strong Buy - Feel free to invest heavily with your fan dollars. This player will deliver every time.
Buy - Getting results, safe bet to invest your fandom in. Will disappoint rarely.
Hold - The results aren't there, but it isn't time to give up yet. Buying or selling equally acceptable.
Sell - Time to seriously consider your investment decision. Results consistently not there, and the trend is they will not be there.
Strong Sell - The lowest of rankings. Time to get out, and get out now, before your investment is totally worthless.
Note: The analysis will change from week to week, and are not equal from player to player. It's just our thing.
Mikko Koivu (KAPT) - An eight game point streak and not missing a beat on his defensive game. If this guy played for the Rangers, he would be in the headlines across the league. Instead, he'll settle for being he captain of a first place team. Such is life. Rating: Strong Buy
Dany Heatley (HETR) - The Wild should call a shaman and get someone in with some antidote, because something isn't right here. Missing passes, stumbling on his skates, all around just not... right. He is still contributing, but things just somehow seem off. He's putting up some points here and there, still, so... Rating: Buy
Devin Setoguchi (GUCH) - Back on the top line due to injuries, Setoguchi has seen some fine scoring chances. He is shooting, which is something no one else seems to want to do, so that's a plus. WOuld be nice to see those shots click a bit more, but every shot grinds down the goaltending just a bit more. Rating: Buy
Niklas Backstrom (BAX) - Snubbed in ESPN's Vezina talks, Backstrom is putting up solid numbers, and keeping his team in the game. He had a rough go against Calgary, but we're going to give him a pass. A few emotions (no Finns are not exempt from them) from new family and a tribute to a lost friend. He came right back and shut the door. That shows something. Rating: Strong Buy
Marek Zidlicky (ZHID) - Out with a concussion. We'll put him at a hold until he is back on the ice. Rating: Hold
Matt Cullen (TWI) - Still flying around, still leading by example. Time for him to see some top power play time, see if he can't spark something. His faceoff numbers are sick, and his emotions are much more evident this year. You can tell he is engaged and present in every moment on the ice. He wants it bad. Rating: Strong Buy
Guillaume Latendresse (BTE) - Still out with a concussion. Stick at hold. Rating: Hold
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (BALD) - How can he score a goal and not get a boost? The same old tricks don't seem to be working for him. A couple points in a big week just isn't enough. Something more. Please. Rating: Hold
Nick Schultz (MO) - So many people continue to hate on Schultz. We aren't going to argue anymore. Heaters gonna heat, Schultz's gonna... play shut down D. Rating: Strong Buy
Greg Zanon (BLK) - Back on the ice, and he has been a boost to a defense that was starting to show some cracks. Within minutes of his first game he was blocking shots and playing mean. You gotta like that. Rating: Buy
Kyle Brodziak (GLUE) - Nothing else to say here. #SignBrodziak Rating: Strong Buy
Cal Clutterbuck (HIT) - He's hurt, but he was producing while playing with top six minutes. Tough to see him out of the line up, and disgusting that the play results in no discipline whatsoever. Not even a phone call. Ridiculous. Rating: Buy.
Darroll Powe (POW) - He has been quieter, but still solid. The PK is doing it's job, and the defensive forwards remain so far ahead of last year's they are incomparable. We're comfortable at a buy here. Rating:Buy
Josh Harding (BKUP) - Someday, Josh Harding is going to be a number one goalie in the NHL, and we are all going to sit back and say "I knew him when..." The guy is nothing short of the consummate professional, and his numbers reflect that. Crazy play lately. Rating: Strong Buy
Marco Scandella (PZZA) - Having this kid step up has been huge for the Wild. Nothing shows he is going anywhere but up, either. This is your future #1 D-man, Wild fans. Buy now. Rating: Strong Buy
Colton Gillies (MBDY) - Scratched for Casey Wellman, Gillies responded. To a point. Coach Yeo wants him to "summon his inner Cal," and that is exactly what he needs to do. Gillies isn't going to ever live up to being a first round pick, but he needs to keep in mind, he is also fighting to prove he belongs in the NHL. Rating: Hold
Clayton Stoner (STDY) - Strong, consistent, tough. The play from Stoner has been high level, and he deserves credit for that, but few will give it to him. He's going to be a very good defenseman in this league. Rating: Buy
Jared Spurgeon (TINY) - We still aren't ready to move on Spurgeon. There simply is no offense, and he is afraid to shoot the puck. Not a good combination. Rating: Hold
Justin Falk (FLKR) - Falk is hurt and off the ice. Time to hold for a bit. Rating: Hold.
Nick Johnson (BWCE) - The Penguins seriously waived this guy? Must be nice to have so much talent that you don't need a guy like this. The number of times he has made a move on the forecheck or any number of the small plays... completely unheralded type of play, but not here. Buy in. Quick. Rating: Strong Buy
Nate Prosser (STIF) - Prosser did not have a good week. To the point he was sent back to Houston. He is back on the roster, mainly due to the fact that the Wild have some injuries and are on a long road trip, but he is on the roster. Needs to step it up. Rating: Hold
Brad Staubitz (BTZY) - We're not ready to make any kind of move here. None at all. Rating: Strong Sell
Wild Power Play (SUCC) - Chances a plenty, passing a plenty. Shoot the puck. Rating: Sell
Casey Wellman (CLGE) Wellman is getting the look in the top six we need to finally know what the kid has. He has one goal off of his foot, and he was keeping up well. However, it is going to take a bit more to convince us he deserves to skate with the best. Rating: Hold
Paul Deutsch (FREE) - You gotta love the story. A 51 year old small business owner gets inked for a one day deal to serve as an emergency backup until Matt Hackett can get to St. Paul. He didn't make it into a game, but the story alone is worth a million bucks, easy. #FreeDeutsch Rating: Strong Buy
Kris Fredheim (PUPY) - Sent back to Houston, but certainly proved himself a capable replacement should the Wild need him. Rating: Hold
Matt Kassian (SHIN) - Sent back to Houston, Kassian will actually get to play now. We're still not sure why he was still here, to be honest. Go back, beat some people, Kass. You're welcome back anytime you can actually come to play. Rating: Hold
Brett Bulmer (JR) - Sent back to play against children, we're not sure what Chuck Fletcher was thinking here, but it is what it is. We're keeping the kid as a strong buy. Can't wait to see him back. Rating: Strong Buy