Well, one guy seems to be working...
Fin with words on a page. The Wild are not very good, so don't expect much from the market, either. Depression is a word we might apply here, both to the fans and to the condition of the market. It doesn't need to be explained how that conclusion was reached, does it?
Embarrassing week. A disproportionate level of embarrassment. So much so, it is not exactly a fun job to go back and relive it. The things we do for you people. Not many stocks going up this week, so be prepared.
Sure hope this doesn't offend anyone, and meets the qualifications to be considered fun.
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.
Dany Heatley (HETR) - Not a great week for Heatley, capped off with a -4 against the Red Wings. Tough for him to be any good with players who aren't good enough to let him be him. Rating: Hold Last Week: Buy
Devin Setoguchi (GUCH) - Which makes the bigger impression, scoring the game tying goal in the last seconds, or faling down in the shootout? Or is it the -2 against LA? Or the extremely low 28 points on the season? Rating: Sell Last Week: Hold
Niklas Backstrom (BAX) - Tough to knock the guy when no one around him seems willing to play hockey. Plus, he's hurt, so we'll just move on. Rating: Hold Last Week: Buy
Tom Gilbert (GRPE) - The opinion here hasn't changed. The price paid was too high, and the stock has little intrinsic value. He does not improve the current portfolio, and in fact damages the ability for it to rebound. Removed from the price paid, his stand alone value is still low. No where to go but up, right? Rating: Strong Sell Last Week: ----
Matt Cullen (TWI) - To wind up a +1 in a week you team is out scored 15-4 is a feat in itself. The fact he is out scoring the guys brought in to score is another. We're back on board here. Rating: Buy Last Week: Hold
Kyle Brodziak (GLUE) - What can be said here? The guy is what he is. Time to buy. Rating: Buy Last Week: Hold
Cal Clutterbuck (HIT) - Not a great week for Cal. The frustration is evident, and has got him off his game. He's taking more penalties than he draws, and is not helping the team much. Rating: Sell Last Week: Buy
Darroll Powe (POW) - Trying to do too much, and being used outside of his role at too many turns. His rating this week may not be completely his doing, but it's a team game. Rating: Sell Last Week: Hold
Josh Harding (BKUP) - The pressure's on now, isn't it? The result? A 6-0 blow out to a team he traditionally plays well against. Not sure what the future is, but the current looks a little worse each day. Rating: Sell Last Week: Hold
Mike Lundin (WHO) - Not sure there is anything to say here. Not even sure why he's around. Rating: Sell Last Week: Hold
Kurtis Foster (FZZY) - Unimpressive in his return to Minnesota, it is still good to have him around. He is about a third the price of Zidlicky, and at least has a personality. Rating: Hold Last Week: ---
Stephane Veilleux (RED) - Fiery. Feisty. Spark plug. Exactly who we knew we were getting. Rating: Buy Last Week: ---
Erik Christensen (NVIS) - If you see him, let us know. Rating: Strong Sell Last Week: Hold
Nick Palmieri (DRVE) - He has been impressive in his ability to go to the net, and to play in tight. The results are not there, but if the Wild knew what to do with a player who does what he is supposed to do, Palmieri could have five goals already. Rating: Buy Last Week: ---
Jared Spurgeon (TINY) - Originally he looked to be the answer to the lack of offense. Now, he is arguably the best defensive d-man on the team. We're unsure if that is a compliment. He is outplaying the rest of the D, so feel free to buy if you are desperate to include some defense in your portfolio. Otherwise, hold. Rating: Hold Last Week: Hold
Justin Falk (FLKR) - Not a good week. Stock plummeting. Is there a way to stop the fall? Rating: Sell Last Week: Buy
Nick Johnson (BWCE) - Nearly invisible of late. Could be a result of the team shutting down. Johnson isn't the prime stock on the roster, so if they quit, he has little chance. Rating: Hold Last Week: Strong Buy
Matt Kassian (SHIN) - Two goals, defying all statistical models. The toughness factor hasn't been there as much as we'd like to see, but he has changed his game to fit in. Rating: Hold Last Week: Hold
Nate Prosser (STIF) - Signed a new contract, and fell off the map. Right when the moves the team made called on him to step up and take a role, he disappeared. Very uninspiring. Rating: Sell Last Week: Buy
Warren Peters (FIX) - Suspended, involved in another play that was borderline, not contributing much along the way. Tough to put much on him, but not even getting that. Rating: Sell Last Week: Hold
Marco Scandella (PZZA) - He's back, but... he's not really back. Rating: Sell Last Week: Hold
Jarod Palmer (HOPE) - Injured. Concussion. Go figure. Rating: Hold
Clayton Stoner (STDY) - Hurt. Rating: Hold
Guillaume Latendresse (BTE) - Still out. Sounds like he won't be back. Rating: Hold
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (BALD) - Out. Likely for the season and beyond. Rating: Hold.
Mikko Koivu (KAPT) - Injured. Out. Rating: Hold
Marek Zidlicky (ZHID) - He's gone. Nothing much else to say. Rating: Strong Sell.
Nick Schultz (MO) - The folks in Edmonton hate him. In related news, people in Edmonton need lessons in what good hockey players look like. Rating: Buy
Greg Zanon (BLK) - Boston's problem now. Rating: Hold
Carson McMillan (JHNY) - Sent back to make room for Veilleux. Rating: Hold
Brad Staubitz (BTZY) - Placed on waivers, unclaimed by 29 teams, and sent to Houston. We hate to say we told you so, but... Rating: Strong Sell
Chad Rau (CAKE) - Back in Houston. Rating: Hold.
Jed Ortmeyer (ORTS) - Served his purpose, back in Houston. Rating: Hold
Colton Gillies (MBDY) - Enjoy Columbus, good sir. Rating: Hold
Jon DiSalvatore (AERO) - Up for a gme, then back to Houston. Thanks for stopping by. Rating: Hold
Matt Hackett (HACK) - Returned to Houston. A bright future for this kid. Rating: Strong Buy
Jeff Taffe (GOPH) - Great few games for Taffe. He'll be back. Rating: Buy
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
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
Cody Almond (JOY) - Unimpressive in his stint with the Wild. Hate to say it, but it may almost be time for him to move on. Rating: Hold