DETROIT (AP) _ National Hockey League officials said Friday they've cleared the Detroit Red Wings of tampering charges in connection with the signing of three free agents this summer.

''After investigation, the National Hockey League has concluded that there is no evidence that the Detroit Red Wings ... violated NHL Bylaw 15 (tampering) in connection with any player,'' league President John Ziegler's office said in a statement.

''The investigation and matter now have been closed,'' the statement said.

The Red Wings were accused of tampering with free agents Warren Young from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike McEwen from the Washington Capitals and Harold Snepsts of the Minnesota North Stars, Red Wings spokesman Bill Jamieson said.

''The general managers of those three teams, Pittsburgh's Ed Johnston, Washington's David Poile and Minnesota's Lou Nanne, charged that (Red Wings General Manager Jim) Devellano spoke with the players before the July 1 declaration date for free agents,'' Jamieson said.

''Devellano denied the charges in a meeting with Ziegler in early September,'' Jamieson said. Young, a left wing, was signed by the Red Wings on July 10. McEwen, a defenseman, was signed on Aug. 12 and Snepsts, a defenseman, was signed Aug. 19.

The Red Wings open their regular season next Thursday at home against Minnesota.