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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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Hurricanes GM Ron Francis gave his endorsement of coach Bill Peters despite Carolina's rough 2014-15 campaign.
Carolina went 30-41-11 in Peters' first season as the team's bench boss. "I thought the coaching staff did a great job," Francis said. "You start off 0-6-2 and there's a real potential at that time for things to go south in a hurry. But I thought Bill (Peters) never changed his message. We came into this with a message about what we wanted our team to do, and compete and have accountability in moving forward and they continued to do that even through a tough stretch. You look at our team and down the stretch we never quit. We continued to work and play hard. There was improvement." Despite that the Hurricanes have now missed the playoffs in six straight seasons. While the decision to retain Peters isn't surprising given it was his first season, a bad start to 2015-16 might be all it takes to put his job in jeopardy. Apr 16 - 9:21 AM

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The Carolina Hurricanes will receive the Los Angeles Kings first pick in 2016 and not in 2015.

The Hurricanes dealt Andrej Sekera to the Kings for the first rounder but when the Kings failed to make the post-season, the pick became the first rounder in 2016.
Apr 11 - 6:37 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have been weak on even-strength situations.

The Hurricanes have been out-goaled 159-119 in five-on-five situations this season and 7-1 in four-on-four action. "I don’t think we go to the net hard enough," coach Bill Peters said. "You’ve got to be able to go to the net, stay at the net and be willing to take the abuse you have to take in order to be able to score." Fortunately, the Hurricanes are 10th in the NHL in scoring on the power play.
Apr 4 - 5:09 AM

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

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

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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
8Rasmus Rissanen
G1Cam Ward
2Anton Khudobin