Will Wings go for any of these top trade candidates?

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Defenseman Tom Gilbert, who signed with the Canadiens as a free agent last summer, is due to make $2.8 million in 2015-16.

Once upon a time, July 1 was one of the most exciting days of the year for NHL fans.

It was the start of unrestricted free agency, when teams would reshape their rosters with big-money signings.

Those days are gone, with teams trending toward signing younger players to long-term deals.

So that leaves teams to do the next best thing: trade.

And trades will go down before July 1, with many teams making their moves this weekend at the NHL draft in Sunrise, Florida.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland appears ready to make a deal. With the Red Wings possessing more prospects than roster spots, Holland might be willing to package a prospect and an NHL veteran to gain a player who can help immediately.

Holland said he'd like to get a top-six forward or top-four defenseman, although it won't be easy with about 20 other teams looking for the same.

Go through the gallery above or go here for a breakdown on 15 players who could be traded by the end of the draft Saturday.