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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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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." Sep 23 - 9:55 AM

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Carolina Hurricanes bench boss Bill Peters used media day to emphasize forechecking.

"A structured forecheck leads to offensive opportunity," Peters said. "That's how you score in the National Hockey League. It's a simple game played by simple people. You need to do it right and you need to do it right all the time." Peters, who is entering his first season as Carolina's head coach, doesn't anticipate their being a significant learning curve as players adjust to his style, but he does know he will need some players to change their habits. Peters was previous a coach with the Detroit Red Wings and after spending time working for bench boss Mike Babcock, he's seen firsthand how valuable mental toughness is in order to consistently make the playoffs. The Hurricanes are looking for Peters to help get them to that level after missing the postseason for five straight seasons.
Sep 5 - 8:26 AM

There was little down time during the Carolina Hurricanes' developmental camp for their prospects in recent days and general manager Ron Francis figures the established NHLers can expect much of the same when their training camp opens because of the methods of new coach Bill Peters.

"He doesn’t give you much time to rest out there," said Francis, who hired Peters last month. "It’s really the first time seeing him on ice and running things, running practice. Our guys better be ready to go when training camp opens because he likes a high tempo and high pace. That’s been good to see." Defenseman Haydn Fleury, the Canes’ first-round draft pick this year, quickly learned Peters was totally engaged, liked to make eye contact in the group huddles, and prefers positive feedback. "He’s a very calm guy but he has that fiery side to him," Fleury said. "At practices he had that calm presence where if you make a mistake he’s not the guy to keep yelling at you and embarrassing you. He knows how to talk to the players and that’s who you like to play for, a coach who can communicate well."
Jul 27 - 9:57 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired David Marcoux as their new goalie coach.

During Marcoux's six years as the Flames' goaltending coach, he oversaw the rise of Miikka Kiprusoff from a netminder that was struggling to establish himself to a Vezina Trophy winner. Marcoux also has some experience working with Cam Ward as the Flames and Carolina Hurricanes shared an AHL affiliate during the 2004-05 lockout.
Jul 15 - 8:06 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Don Waddell to serve as the Hurricanes' new team president.

Waddell is filling the vacancy left by Jim Rutherford. Waddell previously served as the Atlanta Thrashers' general manager and president. He'll work with Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. on the business side of things.
Jul 2 - 8:43 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have had an uneventful offseason so far and that trend might continue.

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis will be looking for free agents to fill some of the holes they have once the UFA market opens at noon on Tuesday, but he doesn't plan on being particularly aggressive. That might lead to him staying relatively quiet on July 1 and seeing what free agents are left in a position where they'll be willing to settle for less.
Jul 1 - 8:39 AM

Ron Francis is getting ready for his first NHL entry draft as the Carolina Hurricanes' general manager.

Francis spent years preparing for this day under his former boss, Jim Rutherford. "While it's different, a lot of the things are the same for me," Francis said. "It was always a busy, active time, and I'll again be talking to a lot of people. The difference is I'm the point person, not the support person." The Hurricanes have the seventh pick overall and Francis' first selection might end up being forward Nick Ritchie.
Jun 27 - 9:15 AM

Steve Smith has hired by Carolina as an assistant coach.

He will join new head coach Bill Peters and assistant Rod Brind'Amour after spending the last four seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. "Steve had a solid career as a player and has gained valuable coaching experience with two teams, especially when it comes to working with young defensemen," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said in a statement.
Jun 24 - 10:16 AM

New head coach Bill Peters has three areas in which he wants the Carolina Hurricanes to improve upon.

There are plenty more but Peters wants to improve the Hurricanes power play which was third worst in the NHL in efficiency at 14.6 percent, their record at home which was a mediocre 18-17-6 and the way they start games. "Those are three things we flat-out have to fix to be successful," Peters said. "We have to be a 60-minute team that has a good power play (and) and we have to be a harder team to play against here in Raleigh."
Jun 22 - 7:00 AM

Ricky Olczyk has joined the Carolina Hurricanes to serve as an assistant general manager.

Olczyk previously served as an assistant general manager with Edmonton and before that he was the Oilers' director of hockey administration and legal affairs. "Ricky brings a wealth of experience to the Hurricanes," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "His legal expertise with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and other areas of hockey operations will be a great asset to our management team."
Jun 20 - 4:04 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Bill Peters as their new head coach.

He has served as an assistant for the Detroit Red Wings for the past three seasons, where he mostly worked with the team's defensemen and penalty kill. Peters will be formerly introduced to the media on Friday. The Hurricanes fired Kirk Muller on May 5. Carolina has failed to make the playoffs for five straight years, with three of those seasons coming under Muller.
Jun 19 - 5:20 PM

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