Chicago forwards Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg, Boston forward Nathan Horton, New Jersey winger David Clarkson, New York Islanders captain Mark Streit, and Los Angeles defenseman Rob Scuderi could all be a target for Wings GM Ken Holland, but there aren't any big-name free agents for him to pursue.
"I don't think it's a big free-agent market as compared to other years," Holland told the News. "The free-agent market every year is going to get a little thinner because teams are signing their best players and nobody is letting those kind of assets hit the market."
The Wings could go the trade route this summer, and there are several players they have shown an interest in this season.
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, Buffalo Sabres sniper Thomas Vanek, and Florida Panthers winger Kris Versteeg could be three players the Wings try to acquire this summer.
The Red Wings also have their own free agents to focus on re-signing, like forwards Damien Brunner, Daniel Cleary, Valtteri Filppula and Drew Miller.