The relationship between the Rochester Americans and Florida Panthers has been unstable at times but that doesn't mean they aren't going to discuss extending their affiliation agreement that ends at the end of the 2010/2011 season. From Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle: "We want to develop a long-term relationship here in Rochester," (Panthers GM Dale) Tallon said. "We’re committed to being here. We want things to be great here." Tallon and Amerks owner Curt Styres are expected to chat this afternoon and/or evening, and probably again on Thursday before the Panthers play the Boston Bruins in a 7 p.m. NHL preseason game at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Lots more above on the negotiations as well as previewing Thursday's "neutral site" match.