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    Five Fantasy Things to be Thankful for

    Simon Gagne's health and shorthanded tallies have many owners thankful this season.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Since Thanksgiving is this week in the States and most teams have hit the quarter pole, or will at some point this week, I figured it would be a good idea to list some of the things we should be thankful for so far this fantasy hockey season.

    Simon Gagne, LW, Philadelphia Flyers - Yes, the speedy Flyers winger has returned to form after missing most of the 2007-2008 season due to concussion problems scoring 11 goals and adding 16 assists so far, but that's not why Gagne owners are thankful. There are two reasons to be thankful if you have Gagne on your squad: 1) His four shorthanded goals leads the NHL, a stat category in most leagues that is more luck-based than skill-based and 2) Gagne has not felt any ill effects from last years concussion problems, which had many owners worried in the preseason as they were trying to figure out where exactly to draft him.

    Alexander Semin, LW, Washington Capitals - One of the most important aspects of building a winning fantasy roster is having players drafted in the mid-to-late rounds exceed their expectations. No one has done that more so through 20 games than Semin who is only four points out of the top spot in the league after being taken, on average, with the 69th pick. Semin took a step backwards a season ago watching his points-per-game average drop from nearly one point-per- game to almost half-a-point per game. But Semin came out of the gates hot this season and has only been slowed by an upper back strain that has forced him to miss his last five contests.

    Tim Thomas, G, Boston Bruins - Coming into the season there were questions surrounding the Bruins goaltending. Would team brass stick with Thomas, who posted solid numbers a season ago and led them to a playoff berth, or would they turn the duties over to Manny Fernandez whom they acquired from Minnesota before last season to be their No.1 before he was lost to injury? Well, they never had to make a decision, as Thomas just took the job from Fernandez and ran with it posting a 9-2-3 record and a stellar .944 save percentage to go along with a league-best 1.80 Goals Against Average. In a season that has seen so much strife in the crease for fantasy owners, one owner in your league is extremely happy because he wound up with a steal, and an unlikely Vezina candidate, on his roster.

    Shea Weber, D, Nashville Predators - Yes, I've written about Weber in this space before, but the fact that he is leading all defenseman in goals and points and is second in "shots on goal" is an enormous feat. The 23-year-old blueliner struggled a year ago causing many to wonder if the one-time participant in the NHL's annual Young Stars Game was indeed going to be a star. Weber is leaving no doubts this year about what kind of player he is, netting a point-per-game and consistently being one of the best players on the ice.

    Kris Versteeg, LW, Chicago Blackhawks - Like the Blackhawks needed more scoring depth, right? Versteeg has been doing his part to help the 'Hawks challenge Detroit for the top spot in the Central Division. In his last five games he has eight points and his 20 points on the season ties him with Patrick Sharp for second on the team. Not bad for a fifth-round draft pick out of Lethbridge, Alberta whom many thought would never contribute at the NHL level because of his size and lack of physical play. Versteeg leads all rookies in assists (13), points (20) and plus/minus (11) while ranking third in goals (7). Playing the wing on a line with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, Versteeg is a safe bet to continue the success he has had through the early portion of the season.

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Tim Godfrey at tgodfrey@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      Great 38: Win tickets to Daytona 500

      Updated:

      Here's your chance to win tickets to the 2015 Daytona 500. Entering is easy, simply fill out the entry form included. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

      How this guide dog helps one blind triathlete chase her Paralympic dream

      Updated:

      Every time Paralympic hopeful Amy Dixon makes it to the end of another grueling triathlon, she knows her trusty companion will be waiting for her at the finish line. Sixteen years after she lost vision in her right eye, which she says she viewed as "a death sentence" at the time,  More>>

      Legoland Florida hotel to open in spring; built for kids

      LEGOLAND Florida photo LEGOLAND Florida photo
      Updated:

      Legoland Florida Hotel will welcome its first guests a month earlier than previously expected.During an announcement Thursday, Legoland executives announced May 15 as the revised opening date.  More>>

      3 rhinos escape from safari zoo, return safely Video included

      Updated:

      Three rhinoceroses escaped from their site at a safari zoo in Israel this week, NBC reported.  More>>

      VIRAL VIDEO: Bossy 4-year-old girl feeds 6 pit bull dogs

      Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube Little Girl Controls Pit Bull Dogs | Future Dog Trainer, Jukin Video on YouTube
      Updated:

      A video of a very authoritative 4-year-old girl feeding six very obedient pit pulls in the middle of a kitchen has gone viral on the web and is prompting a heated debate about the pit bull breed.
      More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | January 17-18 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

      Updated:

      Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. More>>

      109th Tarpon Springs Epiphany: Schedule of Events, Road Closures

      TARPON SPRINGS EPIPHANY CELEBRATION 2011 photo by Sue Thomas TARPON SPRINGS EPIPHANY CELEBRATION 2011 photo by Sue Thomas
      Updated:

      The 109th Epiphany celebration begins Monday, January 5 with the Arrival of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the blessing of the fleet and continues on Tuesday, January 6 with Epiphany Services, Procession, Cross Dive and Glendi Celebration.  More>>

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