Detroit Red Wings’ Steve Yzerman adds depth by signing Mark Pysyk, 2 others

Detroit Free Press

In addition to adding players slated for the Detroit Red Wings, general manager Steve Yzerman used free agency to add organizational depth.

Defenseman Mark Pysyk, a veteran of 521 NHL games, was signed for one year, $850,000. Center Austin Czarnik received a two-year, $1.525 million contract and right wing Matt Luff was signed for a one year, $750,000.

Yzerman made a splash on opening day of free agency Wednesday, signing forwards Andrew Copp, David Perron and Dominik Kubalik, and defensemen Ben Chiarot and Olli Määttä.

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Pysyk, 30, has played 10 NHL seasons, accumulating 104 points and 162 penalty minutes for the Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars. .The 6-feett-1, 198-pounder most recently played for the Sabres, recording 12 points in 68 games last season. He projects to be a good veteran for the Grand Rapids Griffins and a depth guy in case of injury for the Wings.

A Detroit native, Czarnik played four seasons at Miami University from 2011-15 before turning professional. Czarnik, 29, has appeared in 142 NHL games (45 points, minus-7 rating) since 2016-17, playing for the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, New York Islanders and Seattle Kraken.

Luff, 25, split the 2021-22 season between the Nashville Predators and the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals. The 6-2, 196-pound winger recorded six points in 23 games with the Predators. Luff has 23 points and a minus-8 rating in 87 career NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings and Predators.

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