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All in: Scott Stajcer, Winnipeg, Higgy and The Buggs...

Goaltender Scott Stajcer's signing is official. My guess is that with six goalies under contract, he's headed for ECHL.


Readers will know that on Wednesday, I wrote here about Winnipeg and realignment, and kidding about the weather there. It's no joke out on the plains. It's one of the coldest cities in North America. But the Manitoba experience awaits.

I will dress in seven layers. I will find the warmest hotel and the oldest bar in town and toast Ulf Nilsson, Dave Christian, Dale Hawerchuk, Lars Erik Sjoberg, Lucien DeBlois and Dale Hawerchuk. I will pray for quality internet in an arena that holds just 15,000. I hear Pearl Jam is playing there in September. That said, I'd prefer Quebec for an NHL team. Or Vegas.


Here's to Smithtown's Chris Higgins, who struggled in 55 games with the Rangers and who has seven points in the playoffs for Vancouver, his fourth team since the 2009-10 season. Good shot he'll be in the Finals.


Forgotten Vinyl: The Buggs, "The Beetle Beat", Coronet Records. March 1964.

So my friend Andy Bart, a purty fair musician himself, finds this in a rack in New Paltz or thereabouts recently. The songs, by this 60's "tribute band" were named to cash in on the booming Beatles craze: In addition to covers of "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" are "Liverpool Drag", "Swingin' Thames", "Mersey Mercy", "Soho Mash", which have absolutely nothing to do with Britain. It's four guys from Omaha, recorded in Minneapolis, not England, as reported on the album cover, which mimics "Meet the Beatles". The bottom line: It's 10 songs that replicate the "sound" of the Fab Four, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Surprisingly not too bad for 47 freakin' years ago.



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