The free-agent class gets thinner and less impressive each year as teams tend to lock up their key players to long-term deals.

That doesn't leave a lot to choose from on July 1 and inflates the prices for the few quality players available.

The Detroit Red Wings are in the market for a top-four defenseman and a top-six forward. They will explore free agency, but some M-Live readers wonder if the team should try to swing a trade or two.

Due to the relatively weak market, many around the league, including Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, expect more than usual trade activity in the days preceding free agency. Talks are expected to pick up when GMs meet this week in New York during the Stanley Cup finals, leading perhaps to several moves at the entry draft in Philadelphia June 27-28.

Who might the Red Wings pursue? Readers had some suggestions.