Among the topics, via George Richards: Santorelli, Bitz, Bernier, Gudbranson, Vokoun, Cullen, Gord Murphy, Rick Dudley, Pete DeBoer, and a somewhat bizarre (by today's standard) reference by Mike Santos to Tiger Woods and the color red.
From the D&C's KevinO:
"Jacques Martin agreed that player development is enhanced in a winning environment," Staats said. "I firmly believe that if Jacques Martin had not left Florida (...) we would probably have been talking about renegotiating (with the Panthers).
"We had the same philosophy. Jacques Martin’s approach to the partnership in Rochester was a much different approach than the approach of his successors (Tallon and his assistant, Mike Santos)."
Way to keep it classy until after the divorce has been finalized.
From Kevin O at the D and C:
(Rochester VP of hockey operations Ted) Nolan says the Amerks won't sign any affiliation deal that leaves them with no input on their AHL roster. The team continues to investigate all possible scenarios for next season and, in an ideal world, could finalize an affiliation by the AHL All-Star break Jan. 30-31.
More above, with Santos comments.
From The Sporting News' Craig Custance:
There have been preliminary talks between Florida assistant GM Mike Santos and Newport Sports Management, the agency that represents (Erik) Gudbranson. But negotiations are about to heat up. "We’ll get into some serious discussions on Monday," (Panthers GM Dale) Tallon told Sporting News.