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Bill Peters | Center

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age / DOB:  (48) / 5/1/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 160

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The Carolina Hurricanes have been floundering on the penalty kill of late.
They have given up six goals in the last four games. The Hurricanes have dropped to fourth best in the NHL in penalty killing as they lost three penalty killers via trade. "We’ll look at it and get it figured out," coach Bill Peters said. "Our stand at the (blue) line probably isn’t the same as it was earlier in the year and that’s something that can be fixed." Mar 15 - 7:36 AM

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The Carolina Hurricanes power play has been outstanding of late.

The Hurricanes are 17-62 since the All-Star break which is a 27.4 percent proficiency rating. "It's been fun to be on a little bit of a roll," winger Jeff Skinner said. "I think we've been moving the puck into the (offensive) end pretty smoothly. It's important to get shots but you need to get zone time for that and I think faceoffs have been a big part of that. We've been getting pucks back off draws and our centermen have done a good job of bearing down. More zone time means more opportunities."
Mar 14 - 5:43 AM

Hurricanes coach Bill Peters feels more freedom to experiment now that the trade deadline has passed.

Carolina isn't going to make the playoffs anyways, so Peters has the flexibility to test out different line combinations or even alternative positions for players without repercussions. Keep that in mind as the Hurricanes' line combinations might change frequently and, to an extent, unpredictably over the final weeks of the season.
Mar 5 - 9:29 AM

Although Hurricanes GM Ron Francis was a big seller in the leadup to the trade deadline, he might not have a similarly busy offseason.

Francis might attempt to sign or otherwise acquire defensive help, but beyond that he might enter the 2015-16 campaign without making any major summer moves. He's encouraged by coach Bill Peters' work and the Hurricanes 14-7-3 record since Jan. 1. Carolina will have some noteworthy UFAs in the summer of 2016 though in captain Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward, so if Carolina struggles out of the gate next season, Francis will need to make some difficult choices.
Mar 3 - 11:02 AM

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis might not be done after executing two trades on Wednesday.

Francis traded Andrej Sekera to Los Angeles and Jiri Tlusty to Winnipeg. The Hurricanes received primarily draft picks in exchange for those two players. They were both eligible to leave as unrestricted free agents this summer and Francis didn't want to risk letting them walk away for nothing after being unable to agree to terms with them. Carolina has other pending free agents to potentially move though, including Tim Gleason and Jay McClement.
Feb 26 - 9:07 AM

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis might not wait until the March 2 deadline to make his moves.

Francis has indicated that he would probably move players "sooner rather than later." It's not clear who Carolina will be parting ways with, but some likely candidates are pending unrestricted free agents Andrej Sekera, Tim Gleason, and Jiri Tlusty. Francis is still open to re-signing his players with expiring contracts, but at this point it's likely that at least some of them will be traded.
Feb 24 - 10:03 AM

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis expects to be "fairly active" on the trade front before the March 2 deadline.

Carolina will be sellers, but it remains to be seen how bold the squad will be. Pending unrestricted free agents Jiri Tlusty and Andrej Sekera are expected to be available, but a recent report also suggests that Jordan Staal might be moved to the Pittsburgh Penguins, either in the coming weeks or, more likely, over the summer. Regardless of whether or not you buy into the Staal speculation, it should be an interesting week for Carolina.
Feb 23 - 10:43 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have gotten off to a 4-1-1 start in January.

Hurricanes coach Bill Peters credited the return of Jordan Staal (fibula) as the root of the Hurricanes' turnaround. Realistically, it's too late for the Hurricanes to make the playoffs, but it's possible that they'll have a decent second half and their players will see an uptick in their fantasy value.
Jan 15 - 9:16 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes dropped their eighth of nine games in a 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday.

The Hurricanes only managed 18 shots on goal against the Rangers. Carolina couldn't win a single game in October and while the team bounced back briefly after that, it's become apparent that the playoffs are not a realistic goal for the 2014-15 Hurricanes. They're a monstrous 16 points back in the playoff race and while it's true that they have a little more than half their schedule left, that kind of gap is incredibly difficult to close in the NHL even with 49 games to do it in.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 08:06:00 AM

Bill Peters admitted that his first season as the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes has been more challenging than he's imagined.

"It hasn't gone as well as we'd liked, obviously with all the injuries at the start of the year," Peters said. "Obviously there's some games there we let slip away and then that's led into this slump we're in right now." The Hurricanes have suffered some key injuries this season and that's certainly made their job a lot more difficult. At the same time, they weren't a terribly impressive team on paper to begin with, so those injuries may have simply exasperated what would have been a bad season regardless. Their 8-19-3 record is the worst in the NHL.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 08:42:00 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes rank 29th in the NHL with just 2.18 goals per game.

Even on Monday when the Hurricanes managed to fire 40 shots, they were limited to just one goal. "It's frustrating," Jeff Skinner. "We've got to bear down on our chances. We've got to find ways to get to tough areas and get some goals." Skinner went on to add that the Hurricanes haven't been driving to the net enough, so while they're getting shots, they haven't been great scoring opportunities. The Hurricanes' offensive woes are a big part of the reason they're 8-16-3 so far this season.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 08:47:00 AM

Bill Peters will face Mike Babcock for the first time in the NHL on Sunday.

Peters was mentored by Babcock for the last three seasons as a Detroit assistant coach before getting the gig in Carolina. "Time will tell," Peters said. "It's going to be an exiting day to play Detroit and coach against 'Babs,' but I'll be focused on what we have to do in that game and getting the two points." Peters has known Babcock a lot longer than that as he played under Babcock at Red Deer College and assisted him in coaching with Spokane of the WHL.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 06:53:00 AM

Carolina's 5-0 loss to Calgary was their first blowout loss of the season.

Until now the Hurricanes had only lost by one or two-goal margins. Of course, regardless of how they lost, the losses themselves have been the common theme. With an 0-4-2 record, Carolina is the only team in the league that's still searching for their first win.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 10:19:00 AM

Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. doesn't feel any urgency to sell the team, according to team president Don Waddell.

Karmanos recently suggested that he's willing to sell the team given that he's 71 years old and seems interested in having a succession plan in place. To that end, Waddell said that the team would be interested if someone approached them with a plan to buy a sizable minority stake now with the goal of eventually taking control of the team from Karmanos.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 10:32:00 AM

If you have more than $400 million lying around, you might be able to buy the Carolina Hurricanes.

That's in the range of what the New York Islanders sold for and Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. thinks his club has close to the same value. Karmanos isn't desperate to sell the team, but at the age of 71 he is starting to think about who the next owner of the Hurricanes will be. To that end, he's enlisted a New York investment firm, Allen & Co., so that a gradual buyout of his shares can be negotiated. Karmanos is interesting in maintaining control of the team for several more years. "I want to do the proper job in planning," Karmanos said. "Teams have gone up incredibly in value. I'm 71 and have a wife and four young kids at home. You plan. Is it wrong to do that? There's no real intrigue here."
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 09:55:00 AM

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All Positions
C1Jordan Staal
2Victor Rask
3Jay McClement
4Brad Malone
5Andrej Nestrasil
LW1Eric Staal
2Nathan Gerbe
3Jeff Skinner
4Chris Terry
RW1Elias Lindholm
2Riley Nash
3Alexander Semin
4Pat Dwyer
D1Justin Faulk
2Ryan Murphy
3Ron Hainsey
4Brett Bellemore
5Jack Hillen
6Michal Jordan
7John-Michael Liles
8Danny Biega
9Rasmus Rissanen
G1Cam Ward
2Anton Khudobin