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RICHARDSON RETURNS TO OTTAWA ROOTS

Former Lightning defenseman Luke Richardson signed a one-year contract with his hometown Senators on Wednesday.

Richardson, 38, had three assists and 16 penalty minutes in 27 games for Tampa Bay last season.

Richardson, who will make $500,000 again this season, has played 19 years in the league since he was drafted seventh overall by Toronto in 1987. He also played for Edmonton, Philadelphia, Columbus and Toronto again before joining Tampa Bay for one season.

STAAL BROTHERS: Hurricanes star Eric Staal and his brother Jordan Staal of the Penguins have been offered plea deals stemming from their arrests at Eric Staal's bachelor party in Minnesota last month. Paul Krepelka, the agent who represents both players, said the Cook County prosecutor offered to settle by having the Staals plead guilty to a petty misdemeanor for disorderly conduct. Charges of obstructing the legal process are to be dropped. If they accept the deal, they will each be fined $587. They were two of 14 men charged after complaints of screaming and loud music.

BRUINS: The team signed center Zach Hamill, the No. 8 overall pick in this year's draft.

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