Player movement will pick over the next 10 days, between trade discussions at the entry draft this weekend and the start of free agency on July 1.

Teams can begin talking to other clubs' free agents on Wednesday, and the Detroit Red Wings plan on taking advantage of this window to speak with several players.

More than anything, the Red Wings need help on defense, preferably a right-handed shooter, something they lack. They might also pursue a forward, ideally a top-six winger.

M-Live readers are asking who the Red Wings might target.

Q. What odds do you give (general manager Ken) Holland for getting a top-three forward with some power scoring, a No. 1 defenseman, a tough guy that can play five-on-five and actually have the ability to protect players?

-- Reginawing

A. I don't think any of those things will happen. There are a few high-end forwards scheduled to hit the market (Thomas Vanek, Paul Stastny, Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik), but if the Red Wings add a forward I think it'll be more of a secondary scorer who won't cost as much and might accept a shorter term (like Jussi Jokinen or Matt Moulson). If they were to offer a long-term, big-money deal to anyone, perhaps it would be Stastny, because of his age (28).

They have a logjam of third- and fourth-line forwards, so they're not likely to add another one, even if it's a guy who can fight and play, like Steve Ott.

Defense is their primary concern, however. No. 1 defensemen don't get moved often. Matt Niskanen and Andrei Markov are the top defensemen possibly available in free agency; not sure if either would qualify as a No. 1, but they're going to get paid like one. That's why I don't think the Red Wings will get either.

I think the Red Wings are more apt to acquire a lower-cost and/or short-term alternative. Possibilities include Dan Boyle, Anton Stralman, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Stephane Robidas.

As for acquiring a top defenseman through trade (like Keith Yandle of Phoenix or Dustin Byfuglien of Winnipeg), I don't think the Red Wings would be willing to part with what it might take (good young forward, top prospect).