Roster moves intended to return the Red Wings to the top echelon of the NHL with the Penguins and Blackhawks may not occur until the offseason, despite a trade deadline Wednesday.

In general, trade deadlines have been quieter in the NHL since the salary cap was established in 2005.

At times, the Red Wings have used them to considerable effect, augmenting rosters that needed only tweaking — as the Penguins have done so successfully this year with their recent acquisition of Jarome Iginla (Flames), Brenden Morrow (Stars) and Douglas Murray (Sharks).

The Red Wings view their roster as developing and not yet ripe for mere final pieces. But general manager Ken Holland said Monday he is listening and talking to other clubs and, if the Red Wings can add a significant contributor at forward or defense, he will consider the deal.

"If we can do a legitimate trade to acquire a player that we think is a legitimate top-nine or a top-six forward, or a legitimate top-four defenseman, then we're going to look," he said.

"Unless we get that, I don't think we have a deal."

Meanwhile, the Red Wings' close rival, the Blues, made their move Monday, obtaining Jay Bouwmeester from the Flames for a conditional No. 1 pick and two prospects.

But the abbreviated 2013 season is much about the Red Wings seeing what they have among the players they developed in Grand Rapids, and recent signings.

And the short schedule means more teams think they have a shot at the playoffs, making them less likely to alter their rosters.

General managers also may keep high-salary players they would normally look to shave from their rosters because the new collective bargaining agreement allows teams to dump two big salaries before the start of the 2014-15 season.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings have developed some considerable potential, with players such as Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith and, most unexpectedly, Brian Lashoff playing significant roles.

"With the signing of Dan DeKeyser, with (Carlo) Colaiacovo getting healthy, with the development of Lashoff — I mean, we're sitting here, we have nine defensemen," Holland said. "I don't need any more depth on defense

"I don't think we need depth up front. We'd like to get healthy up front."