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Break brings welcome rest

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Spreading out as far apart as Los Angeles and Newfoundland, the Calgary Flames have dispersed for a few days of well-deserved rest.

And rest is at the top of the list of things to do.

Following that is visits with family, hanging out with friends, and maybe catching some of the skills competition.

Then there's Michael Cammalleri's weekend.

"I'm gonna go to L.A. for a couple of days and check on my tenants -- all those Kings guys that rent my house," said the former Los Angeles Kings forward, who still has a home in the South Bay that he rents to three players.

"Apparently I've got a leak and, apparently, it's supposed to rain this weekend, so I'll probably be doing some housework.

"I'll be slumlording it."

Rookie defenceman Adam Pardy headed home to Bonavista, Nfld., on a red-eye flight after the 5-4 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday.

"I haven't been home during the wintertime in three, four years," said Pardy, who recently became an uncle and was excited to see his new niece.

He'll watch the all-star events if he finds time, but family comes first.

That, and maybe a little house hunting.

"I'm thinking about buying a house, so might have a look there," he said. "Maybe talk to some people, but overall I'm just trying to get some rest."

That was the common theme when talking to the players, who next play Wednesday night when they host the Buffalo Sabres.

Eric Nystrom will visit Long Island and his aging family dog.

Cory Sarich will stay home in Calgary with the wife and kids -- although they might take off for a night to "get my wife out of the house."

Matthew Lombardi has some family coming in to visit him.

He had no desire to head to Montreal even though the all-star game is being held in his old home.

"Too much travel, not enough time," he said. "I'm going to take it easy, and enjoy the time at home."

Cammalleri isn't sure what to expect when he arrives on the coast, where new King Kyle Quincey and rookies Wayne Simmonds and Oscar Moller rent his place.

"It's probably a disaster," Cammalleri said with a laugh. "I'm not looking forward to it, but we'll see."


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