Today is the previously-agreed upon date for the Rochester Americans to either re-up as the Panthers' AHL affiliate, or bail for presumably greener pastures at the end of the current season. As recently as a few days ago, Amerks' president Lewis Staats publicly declared his club would "explore other options" if the Cats would not amend the deal to a more Americans-friendly situation (read: more roster control, among other items).
Like GM Dale Tallon really needed this headache; however, it does offer an opportunity for he and his staff to scout a potentially more advantageous opportunity elsewhere, with no previous "bad-blood" looming overhead.
Whatever the final outcome, we'll know soon.
Your take on the Panthers/Amerks drama...
Re-write the deal to favor Rochester's requests; it's a proud franchise that Florida would be wise to remain connected with (24 votes)
The Panthers obviously must do what is most beneficial for themselves; if the Amerks won't play ball let 'em walk (53 votes)
Don't care either way / neutral (13 votes)
90 total votes