from Kristen Shilton and Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,
General manager Steve Yzerman put in work on Wednesday, signing a haul of good players on solid contracts.
Let's run back the list of key additions: Andrew Copp (five years, $5.625 million AAV), Ben Chiarot (four years, $4.75 million AAV), David Perron (two years, $4.75 million AAV) and Dominik Kubalik (two years, $2.5 million AAV). That's a fine foursome of players in their own right, and Yzerman has to be pleased about how they'll complement the Red Wings' current group of young talent.
Chiarot has a chance to pair up with Calder Trophy winner Moritz Seider, who will undoubtedly elevate Chiarot's game. Perron had a career season with the St. Louis Blues in 2021-22 and will be a versatile middle-six piece for the Red Wings. Copp is a Michigan native excited to be joining his hometown team after a successful post-trade tenure with the New York Rangers (18 points in 16 games). And Kubalik? He's a former 30-goal scorer who didn't receive a qualifying offer from Chicago. The 26-year-old will be motivated to prove he's still got it.
The newcomers up front will join Lucas Raymond, Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin to make the Red Wings look suddenly much more formidable. That could also go a long way in keeping Larkin and Bertuzzi interested in remaining with the Red Wings long-term. Both players are unrestricted free agents after 2022-23 season and Yzerman is obviously showing that Detroit won't be a pushover in the stacked Atlantic Division. Will that help get Larkin and Bertuzzi extended sooner? There's been some rough seasons recently for the Red Wings but winning helps everything.
Yzerman's moves on Wednesday will make Detroit far more competitive, exciting and potentially explosive for the coming season (and beyond). -- Shilton
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