Flames bake during break

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

While Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold are battling for Olympic glory, the rest of the Flames are on vacation.

Which means, for most, getting away from the coming cold for some rest and relaxation before firing up for the playoff push.

The biggest plans will see nearly half the team head en masse with their spouses -- and a few children -- to Cabo San Lucas.

"It'll be a good time," said Jason Wiemer. "We've got a fishing day lined up, some golf lined up.

"It's a good chance for everyone to have some fun together."

Among those going are Rhett Warrener and his wife Christina, Shean Donovan and his wife Theresa, Chuck Kobasew and Tony Amonte, who happens to be bringing the whole family.

"I think we're the only ones going to be there with kids," Amonte explained. "But we kinda have to with the baby."

Miikka Kiprusoff, his girlfriend Seidi and their 10-month old son Aaro are off to Hawaii, where the goal is healing the hip that bothered him enough to pull out of the Olympics.

"I've been talking to doctors and they say it should be 100 percent after the break," Kiprusoff said.

Despite knowing many in his homeland feel he let them down, Kiprusoff has no regrets about not competing in Turin.

"If I have to make a choice, go to the Olympics and not be 100 percent the rest of the year, I'm never going to make that call," he said. "I really want to be healthy and if that's what it takes, I'll do that."

A few players will actually be hanging around Alberta.

Andrew Ference's wife Krista is starting a job with a television production, so their vacationing will be limited to the Rocky Mountains, in Lake Louise and at their home in Canmore.

Likewise, Daymond Langkow and his family plan to split the time between Lake Louise and their home in Edmonton.

"Our little one doesn't really like to travel, so going to Mexico would be a little tough," Langkow said. "It'll be nice to have some time off."

And then comes what's in store for the new guys.

Both Brian Boucher and Mike Leclerc had to immediately leave their families behind when traded to Calgary from Phoenix early this month.

So these couple of weeks will be spent going through all it takes to relocate to the Stampede City.

"It's been tough being away," Leclerc said. "My daughter's half-Canadian, so she'll get to learn about her roots."


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