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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 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. Dec 22 - 8:06 AM

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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.
Dec 18 - 8:42 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.
Dec 10 - 8:47 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.
Dec 7 - 6:53 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.
Oct 24 - 10:19 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.
Oct 3 - 10:32 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."
Sep 23 - 9:55 AM

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

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