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January 11, 2014 | 9:53am ET
Canadian snubs can help your team
By Tab Bamford,

Last week, we had some fun looking at the guys USA Hockey left home from Sochi. The Americans announced their roster without any speeches, but instead had kids in jerseys show the world who they would be taking to the 2014 Winter Games. Hockey Canada made their announcement earlier this week, and received an equal amount of stress from their decisions.

Thankfully, you can feel smarter than both countries by setting your fantasy roster this weekend!

This year, The Fourth Period is working with the fine folks at They're offering a free $500 NHL contest for Saturday games only this season that's remarkably easy to join.

This free contest will be salary-cap style drafting where everyone tries to assemble the best team out of the available players. You will have a $100,000 budget to build a team of 2 LWs, 2 RWs, 2 Centers, 2 Defensive players, 1 Goalie, and a FLEX. Each NHL player has been allocated a price based on their expected fantasy performance.

This week, let's look at some Canadian snubs you should consider for your team this weekend.

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia -- Martin St. Louis
No other player received more love from Canadian fans after the Olympic announcement than St. Louis, who many assumed was a lock to represent his country in Sochi.

Florida at New Jersey -- Michael Ryder
Okay, so maybe we're stretching the "Olympic snub" idea by including Ryder here. But his 15 goals are more than Patrice Bergeron or Rick Nash and he has goals in four of his last five games.

Ottawa at Nashville -- Kyle Turris
With 33 points in 45 games, Turris has quietly been one of the best players in Ottawa this year. He doesn't get as much attention as Bobby Ryan, Jason Spezza or Erik Karlsson, but the Sens stealing him from the Coyotes is one of the more one-sided trades of the last five years.

Columbus at Winnipeg -- Andrew Ladd
The Jets are on the verge of a fire sale, and they're moving Dustin Byfuglien back to forward. Their captain -- Ladd -- has had a good season to date and will look to lead Winnipeg against a Columbus team that the former members of the Blackhawks -- Ladd, Byfuglien, Michael Frolik -- have had some success against in their pasts.

Chicago at Montreal -- Brent Seabrook
Seabrook won gold with Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews in 2010, but he'll be watching from home this year. He's having one of his better offensive seasons this year, and will look to continue that against the Habs.

Colorado at Minnesota -- Nathan MacKinnon
MacKinnon was never on the radar for Canada, but the front-runner for the Calder, MacKinnon has 29 points in 43 games and could be in the mix for future international tournaments. He's justifying his placement in the draft with an exceptional rookie campaign.

Anaheim at Phoenix -- Mike Ribeiro
Ribeiro wasn't part of the discussion at center for Canada, but he's been at the heart of the offense in Phoenix all season. If the Coyotes want to slow down the red-hot Ducks, Ribeiro will have to produce.

Pittsburgh at Calgary -- Kris Letang
The crowded blueline for Canada will leave Letang at home this year, but he'll certainly continue to be a key for the Penguins offensively.

Detroit at Los Angeles -- Mike Richards
Like a few others on this list, Richards will sit at home with his 2010 gold medal watching friends and, in the case of Jeff Carter, teammates defend his country's honor. With Detroit hurting up front, look for Richards to step up his game this weekend.

Boston at San Jose -- Joe Thornton
San Jose sent a complete line -- Thornton, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau -- to Vancouver in 2010, but one of the top assist men in the NHL will be watching from home this year. With injuries starting to take their toll on the Sharks' lines, look for Thornton to be a bigger piece of their offense.

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