Bill Peters hired as Carolina Hurricanes head coach

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Bill Peters goes to Carolina from Detroit. (Getty Images)
Bill Peters goes to Carolina from Detroit. (Getty Images)

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The Carolina Hurricanes' search for a new coach is complete. On Thursday they announced the hiring of Bill Peters to take over behind the bench.

Peters, 48, is just the fourth coach in Hurricanes history (13th in franchise history) and will take over for Kirk Muller in his first NHL head-coaching job. For the past three seasons he has been an assistant for the Detroit Red Wings.

In addition to Carolina, Peters was believed to be a strong candidate for the Pittsburgh Penguins' vacancy as well as being a finalist for the Panthers. In the end it is the Hurricanes that get him.

Before joining the Red Wings, Peters was the head coach for the Rockford Icehogs in the AHL where he helped with the developemtn of the eventual Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks. Prior to that Peters was the coach of the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL where he won the Memorial Cup.

In Carolina he's getting a team that has some top-line talent but has struggled in the past couple of years to put it all together, especially on defense. There certainly is potential to get the ship turned around in Carolina in a hurry.

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