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A Quick Recap Of Day 1 Signings

07/15/2022 at 3:58pm EDT

from Justin Bourne of Sportsnet,

A quick thought on every deal of relative note from free agency day one, starting with the last deal of the day and working back to the first.

David Perron, RW, Detroit
Contract: Two years, $4.75 million AAV

I love when rebuilding teams start trying to win hockey games, a thing that David Perron is particularly adept at helping teams do. Even if he’s gone before they truly turn the corner, he’s the type of all-in player you’d like to see your young talent learn from.

Dominik Kubalik, LW, Detroit
Contract: Two years, $2.5 million AAV

Another good pick-up for Detroit, who seems to have recognized that with the middle-class squeeze going on around the league you can improve through UFA for no asset cost but cap space. Kubalik gives them more depth, which they sorely lacked.

Ben Chiarot, D, Detroit
Contract: Four years, $4.75 million AAV

The analytics do not love Ben Chiarot, and going four years on a physical D-man getting into his 30s isn’t always prudent. But for the Wings, a team trying to get consistently competitive, I appreciate going a bit above market to get good players, so the ones you need to take a step can be in more games that matter.

Andrew Copp, RW, Detroit
Contract: Five years, $5.625 million AAV

Copp is a versatile forward who can contribute offensively and play up and down your lineup. As the Red Wings transition to “trying to win,” he’s a great fit for a guy to help them as their ability to hang with the better teams increases.

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