NHL free agency began on Wednesday and it was a busy day across the league.

When an NHL player's contract expires and he has either seven seasons or is 27 years old or older, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

These players are free to sign with any team they want, as long as the team makes them a contract offer.

When a player becomes an unrestricted free agent, he can sign for a maximum of seven years.

He can sign for eight years with his current team before entering free agency.

On Wednesday, general manager Steve Yzerman got to work, signing a slew of good players to long-term contracts.

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) are among the key additions.

Perron had a breakout season with the St. Louis Blues in 2021-22 and will be a valuable member of the Red Wings' middle-six.

The newcomers will join Lucas Raymond, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Dylan Larkin up front, making the Red Wings look much more formidable.

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