Even knowing it probably wouldn't happen, I think Gainey would be wise to go after Pitkanen. He would cost alot, but hes young, talented and replaces people who could potentially be lost to free agency next year. I think (not 100% sure) that he's under contract for a year or two as well.
As much as I like Forsburg, giving up assets to aquire a rental on a non contender team doesn't make sense to me. Maybe if we had kept pace with the Sabre's it would be a different story.
I agree with some posters that Mike Knuble may be exactly what we need presently, a not necessarily gifted but big physical player willing to park in front of the net... Perhaps he could teach Latendresse some tricks.
One player that is probably having a sophomore slump presently is RJ Umberger, and he has enough offensive skills to be molded into the big 2nd line center that we need... althought he's probably not ready yet to have an impact...
Don't you think we lack energy and desire ? And damn, especially from our bottom lines... Downey is funny, and is a great character guy to have around the team, but on the ice he isn't worth alot, even if he tries his best. Todd Fedoruk is a guy I would target, he's really big and can throw 'em with the best of them. He can play a bit of hockey too, at least enough to play a regular shift.
A project player that I wanted us to try to get a while ago, is Ben Eager. This guy, IMO, could develop into something like Ethan Moreau, a big guy who's fearless and oozes leadership. I think (but I'm not sure) that he has good skating abilities for his size, can drop the gloves too... instant energy boost. Surprisingly enough, I saw some Philly posters say that he's an untouchable.
I haven't mentionned Forsberg or Gagné or Pitkanen, just because everyone want them... but IMO it's just a dream.