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Hurricanes hire Bill Peters as head coach

Ron Francis has hired Bill Peters to coach the Canes.
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The Carolina Hurricanes have decided on their replacement for Kirk Muller at head coach. They've broken the trend of retread head coaches this offseason, and they also didn't give the job to a guy who played for the Canes in the past. The new coach of Carolina? Bill Peters.

It's a pretty blase name, and the guy doesn't even have a Wikipedia page, but it could be a good hiring. Peters has been an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings for a couple seasons, working with the defensemen and the penalty kill. The days of Detroit assistants being highly sought after coaching candidates may be over, but Peters also has head coaching experience, including in the AHL. There, he spent a few years coaching the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago's affiliate, and he had success there, as the team won at least 40 games in two of his seasons.

We do not know how Peters will do as an NHL head coach, but that's OK. Ron Francis decided he wanted some fresh blood instead of a retread, and I appreciate that. They got themselves a guy who has worked with NHL players, and who has had success coaching at a lower level. Maybe Peters will be the guy to lead the Hurricanes to real success again. He'll likely need more talent to work with. Francis needs to get on that next. Peters isn't, say, Dan Bylsma, but perhaps he will be. Sometimes that is a risk that must be taken. This probably wasn't the most enticing job on the market, given the team's lack of recent success and what have you, but Francis said he wanted a guy who is a teacher and he wanted a guy before the NHL Draft. Hiring Peters now fulfills both of those obligations. Now, these two get to work together to try and return the Hurricanes to their glory days. You know, when Francis still played.

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