Player News - Hurricanes

Date: Team: Pos:

Bill Peters has decided to resign from his position as the Carolina Hurricanes' head coach.

Peters had one season remaining in his contract with Carolina, but he had an opt-out clause and this was the final day that he could exercise it. There has been reports that Peters is the leading candidate to become the Calgary Flames' new head coach, so perhaps that will come to pass in the days to come. "I want to thank Tom Dundon, Peter Karmanos and Ron Francis for the trust they put in me to lead the team," said Peters. "I feel the incoming general manager should have the ability to hire his own head coach. I also want to thank Don Waddell and the entire front office and PNC Arena staff. This business requires hard work and long hours, and I greatly appreciate the efforts of the many people I have worked alongside during the past four years. We enjoyed our time in Raleigh, and my family will always feel a connection to North Carolina. I feel like this is a good time to move on, and I am looking forward to my next challenge."
Source: NHL.com
Apr 20 - 12:54 PM

Paul Krepelka has been named as the Hurricanes' vice president of hockey operations.

Krepelka previously served as the director of player development for the ECHL's Norfolk Admirals, but he's also a former player and agent. He'll help with player contract negotiations among other duties. "Paul has been involved in professional hockey for nearly 30 years, developing experience and relationships that will be of great value to the Hurricanes," Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon said.
Apr 20 - 4:29 AM

It seems the next move for the Carolina Hurricanes' coaching situation is in Bill Peters' hands.

Peters has one season remaining on his contract, but he has an exit clause that he has the ability to exercise until Friday. If Peters opts to use the clause, then he'll be free to seek employment elsewhere. The Hurricanes of course would also have the option of firing him if he decides that he wants to stick around, though it's not clear if that's an option they'd entertain. Peters hasn't been able to lead the Hurricanes to the playoffs in his four seasons as their bench boss, but whether or not he's had the tools to make that happen is debatable.
Apr 17 - 4:50 AM

Valentin Zykov claimed the Willie Marshall Award as the AHL's leading goal scorer for the 2017-18 campaign.

Zykov netted 33 goals in 63 games for Carolina's AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers this past season. He scored just 23 goals in 111 contests during his previous two AHL seasons. Zykov also led the league with 17 power-play goals and set an AHL record for highest shooting percentage (29.5 percent).
Source: TheAHL.com
Apr 16 - 10:17 AM

Carolina Hurricanes bench boss Bill Peters has been named the head coach of Team Canada's squad at the upcoming World Hockey Championship.

Peters served as an assistant coach on Canada's championship team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Blues bench boss Mike Yeo will serve as an associate coach on the staff, while Panthers head coach Bob Boughner will be an assistant. The tournament kicks off in Denmark next month.
Apr 9 - 8:15 PM

With the Hurricanes' season over, Cam Ward's future is unclear.

Ward is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and it's not yet clear what the Hurricanes' level of interest is. The main problem is that the Hurricanes are presently without a general manager and it's probable that any significant contract negotiations won't take place until one is hired. Ward, 34, has spent his full 668-game career with the Hurricanes. He's by far the franchise leader in wins as he has 318 while the next highest goalie in Carolina's history is Arturs Irbe with 130.
Apr 9 - 4:35 AM

Valentin Zykov will report to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

Zykov contributed three goals and four assists in 10 games with Carolina at the end of the season. He has racked up 32 goals and 52 points in 61 contests at the AHL level this campaign.
Apr 8 - 12:28 PM

Nicolas Roy has been assigned to the minors.

Roy made his NHL debut Saturday night in a 3-2 overtime win over Tampa Bay. He posted one shot and a minus-1 rating in 10:46 of ice time. He has generated 10 goals and 36 points in 68 games with Charlotte this campaign.
Apr 8 - 12:24 PM

Roland McKeown has been returned to the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.

McKeown skated in 10 games with the Hurricanes this year. He contributed three assists, seven shots and a plus-3 rating.
Apr 8 - 12:16 PM

Haydn Fleury will conclude the 2017-18 campaign with Charlotte of the AHL.

Fleury chipped in eight assists and 86 shots on goal in 67 matches during his rookie season with the Hurricanes. He will get some AHL playoff experience with the Checkers.
Apr 8 - 12:13 PM

Nicolas Roy made his NHL debut Saturday.

The 21-year-old centered the fourth line and while he was held pointless, he forced a couple of Tampa Bay penalties and was happy with his performance. "It's unbelievable," Roy said. "It was a fun day. It ended up with a win, too. It was a great feeling." Roy had only 10 goals and 36 points in 68 games with Charlotte of the AHL this season, so don't expect him to be a top-six forward worth taking for your fantasy squad next season.
Apr 8 - 8:06 AM

Elias Lindholm's 16th goal of the season was the overtime winner in the Hurricanes 3-2 win over Tampa Bay.

It was another disappointing offensive season for the fifth overall pick in 2013 who snapped a 27 goal-less streak with the game winner. Lindholm ended the season with 44 points, one point less than his career best set last season. It seems that Lindholm should take the leap to the 55-60 point level but he has yet to do so, so count on 40-45 next season and hope for a lot more.
Apr 8 - 8:02 AM

Cam Ward allowed two goals on 34 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ward will become an unrestricted free agent this off-season and despite some stretches of solid play this season, we're not sure he has done enough to get another contract from the Hurricanes. The 34-year-old netminder will finish the season with a 23-14-4 record, a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage.
Apr 7 - 10:57 PM

Justin Williams scored a goal and picked up an assist in a 3-2 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Williams will finish the season on a three-game point streak. He had 16 goals and 51 points in 82 games during his first season back with the Hurricanes.
Apr 7 - 10:50 PM

Brock McGinn (undisclosed) will not play in Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

McGinn will be evaluated this afternoon, but he won't be available for the last game of the regular season. He'll finish the year with 16 goals and 30 points in 80 games.
Apr 7 - 11:27 AM


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