Trades are being explored, potential free agents have been rated and, as a fallback, there's a prospective gold mine.

The Detroit Red Wings front office, coaching staff and pro scouts spent the first half of this week assessing options on how to improve the team, with a focus on adding a top-four defenseman and a top-six forward. The Wings estimate $10-12 million in spending space after re-signing restricted free agents Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar, and offsetting a $3 million overflow from last season.

General manager Ken Holland said Wednesday he has talked to a few colleagues regarding trades, something that, across the NHL, there will be much more of starting next week at the GM meetings.

"I'm moving along slow to keep our options open," Holland said. "We'll see what's out there via trade. But we feel good about our team, and our fallback position is our kids.

"We're trying to move kids in, and also have the right amount of vets."