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STEVE MACFARLANE AND SUN WIRES

, Last Updated: 12:23 PM ET

CALGARY -- Strange sounds have recently been heard outside the Calgary Flames dressing room.

Sometimes followed by laughter. Sometimes cheering.

The deep-pitched wailing is a red, black and yellow didgeridoo that made its debut in the room after Saturday's comeback victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

About four feet long and a few inches in diameter, the native Australian wind instrument was purchased by defenceman Rhett Warrener during his lockout travels and is being passed around the room to those willing to give it a try.

The first to make it sing was moonlighting musician Mark Smith, who can be heard playing one with his band The Vinyl Trees on the album Pura Vida.

"I heard his album. I thought it sounds the same but I didn't know. I've been meaning to bring it in for a while and I just remembered last game," said Warrener yesterday morning.

"I can't play it. That's why I was wondering if I got a shoddy didgeridoo, or whatever it's called, or if it was actually playable."

It's playable, just not by all.

"I try to lead these guys, but there's not a lot to work with here," joked Smith of the room's musical skills.

SENS HOOK BASS

OTTAWA -- The Senators recalled centre Cody Bass from Binghamton of the American Hockey League yesterday.

Bass has played six games for the Senators this season. He had one assist and five penalty minutes.

The 20-year-old was re-assigned to Binghamton on Friday and returned home to Owen Sound, for personal reasons.

Bass was Ottawa's fourth-round pick, 95th overall, in the 2003 NHL draft.


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