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STAALS CITED AFTER PARTY GETS ROWDY

Hurricanes star Eric Staal and his brother, Jordan Staal of the Penguins, were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process at Eric Staal's bachelor party at a Minnesota resort.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office said the brothers were among 14 arrested last weekend after authorities received several complaints about "screaming, yelling and playing loud music" at the resort in northeastern Minnesota, about two hours from the Staals' hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The sheriff said the group was warned multiple times before being ordered to leave the Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas in Lutsen, at which point the men gathered on a nearby highway and "began harassing motorists." That's when authorities arrested the group, around 4 a.m. Saturday.

"I didn't expect it would be any more serious than it is; they're noise violations," said Rick Curran, the agent for both players.

Eric Staal, 22, entering his fourth season with Carolina, is the team's highest-paid player at $4.5-million per season. He led the league in postseason scoring with 28 points during Carolina's run to the Stanley Cup championship in 2006. He had 30 goals and 40 assists in the regular season last season.

Jordan Staal, 18, was also charged with underage drinking. He had 29 goals and 42 points and led the league with seven short-handed goals to make the All-Rookie team last season.

"I think that the incident itself is obviously regrettable and everyone involved is pretty embarrassed, as they should be," Curran said. "It's an unfortunate example of what can happen when you get 15, 20 people together and there's loud noise."

TOP PICK SIGNS: Patrick Kane, the first overall pick in last month's draft, signed a three-year deal with the Blackhawks. The forward, 18, led the Ontario Hockey League in scoring last season with 62 goals and 83 assists with the London Knights and was the OHL's rookie of the year.

DEVILS FILL STAFF: Larry Robinson, who guided New Jersey to a Stanley Cup title as head coach in 2000, returned to the bench as an assistant to new coach Brent Sutter. Assistant coach John MacLean and goaltending coach Jacques Caron were retained from Claude Julien's staff, and former Devils defenseman Tommy Albelin also was named an assistant coach.

CAPITALS: Center Brooks Laich re-signed after being awarded a one-year, $725,000 contract by an arbitrator Monday.

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