News: The Ducks acquired defenseman James Wisniewski and center Erik Christensen in separate deals with Chicago and Atlanta on Wednesday to bolster their chances of a late playoff push. Anaheim, still scrambling for a postseason berth in the Western Conference, traded center Samuel Pahlsson, defenseman Logan Stephenson and a conditional fourth-round selection in this year's draft to the Chicago Blackhawks for Wisniewski and center Petri Kontiola.
Analysis: The 2004 seventh-round pick has 15 goals and 38 assists in 62 games this season for Rockford of the AHL. The former Finnish star has no goals and five assists in 12 career NHL games. He is nothing more than organizational depth and can be ignored in Fantasy.
News: Blackhawks minor league center Petri Kontiola tallied two assists for Rockford (AHL) during Friday's game against Iowa. He has two goals and four assists in 11 January games. Kontiola has 10 goals and 28 assists in 45 games this season.
Analysis: Kontiola had a 50-assist season last year for Rockford and started to gain the attention of Chicago management. He did debut last season, but Chicago has left him in the minors this season. He was never a top prospect, so Kontiola has little Fantasy keeper value despite a solid 2007-08 season.
News: The Blackhawks sent C Petri Kontiola back to Rockford of the AHL after they recalled Troy Brouwer on Saturday.
Analysis: Kontiola has been up and down a few times this season, but managed three assists in four games after his recall Dec. 19. He didn't have a point in his last four games before being sent down. Kontiola is nothing more than roster filler at this time. Ignore him in Fantasy leagues.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Blackhawks forwards Petri Kontiola and Kris Versteeg, called up from Rockford (AHL) during the just-completed six-game road trip, were returned to the minor leaguers.
Analysis: Kontiola played in just one game before being sent down to Rockford. He played for just nine minutes on Nov. 25 against the Canucks and failed to record a point. Kontiola has zero Fantasy value at this time.