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We report computer simulation results of the effects on optical signal quality of passage through a cascade of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) filters-multiplexers and demultiplexers-for directly modulated lasers with different chirp characteristics. In particular, lasers with transient or adiabatic chirp characteristics at 2.5 Gb/s and 10 Gb/s are investigated, and we find clear differences between the laser types with respect to filter concatenation effects. Filters with an optical bandwidth suitable for a 200-GHz channel-spacing system are considered, and we evaluate the system behavior as a function of laser frequency offset for a fixed number of filters. The reference network architecture used for the simulations is an optically transparent metropolitan scale network in which the WDM signals may be demultiplexed and then multiplexed again at multiple optical network elements. The signal quality is evaluated in terms of a distortion-induced eye-closure penalty as well as the excess attenuation or loss suffered. We find that transient chirp-dominated lasers show a generally symmetric distortion penalty response to laser frequency offset, whereas the response for adiabatic chirp dominated lasers is highly asymmetric. Furthermore, the extinction ratio for the latter class of lasers can be improved, in some cases, by the appropriate offset between laser and filter center frequencies.