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Bill Peters resigns in Carolina, next stop Calgary?

There has been another interesting, and somewhat expected, development in the Calgary Flames’ search for a new head coach. Bill Peters, a product of Three Hills, Alberta and widely linked to the vacancy created with Glen Gulutzan’s firing on Tuesday, has officially opted out of the final year of his contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Several media figures are connecting the dots between him and the Flames.

Speaking on Sportsnet 960 The Fan during his weekly morning show hit, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman noted: “My expectation is that it’s going to get done. He’s going to be the coach in Calgary.”

The Athletic’s Pierre Lebrun tweeted: “Source says the Flames called Carolina yesterday to ask permission to speak with Bill Peters. Hurricanes had no issue with it. And Peters today opted out of his Hurricanes deal anyway.”

Brad Treliving had Peters as his head coach two years ago at the World Championship and spent a lot of time with him. His Hurricanes had several stylistic similarities to Glen Gulutzan’s Flames, and Peters’ reputed bluntness might be a wake-up call for a team that often seemed to forget what time games started (and ended up behind the eight-ball after several woeful first periods).

It’s not a done deal, but there’s rarely this much smoke without some flames.

  • iggyrocks

    i am not sure what to think of Peters. I was not really a fan of GG either but sometimes you have to stick with your coach more than 2 years. I look at Winnipeg last year everyone was calling for Maurice to be fired. This year he is leading the team to a possible Stanley cup

  • freethe flames

    The more I read about Peter’s the less happy I become. Regardless BT will still have a lot of work to do; watching the teams in the play offs makes it clear that the Flames need to add at least 1 top 6 forward; another forward that can push Ferland for the other top 6 but be comfortable being in the defensive end and a center that is an upgrade over Shore. Even if does all this it is still dependent on Janko taking the step forward that I am hoping for and that the goaltending holds up. Hiring the right assistant coaches will also matter; the PP has to be better.

  • Chucky

    Even though Corsi is not a measure that is significant in team success it is not a bad thing to have a lot of possession and a lot of shots on net.
    In the few Carolina games I have watched this year it looks like they are fairly aggressive on the forecheck, they played defensively in each zone rather than give up the neutral zone and played a much better game in the defensive zone (safer plays when in trouble and better transition) than the Flames.
    It looks like this is a much more playable system than Gulutzan tried to implement. Is FN sure that this guy is a GG 2.0 or is it just where the Canes finished and losing record?

    • freethe flames

      Although I am concerned if this the guy BT hires when I look at the two teams he will have more to work with here and if you look at what he did do in Carolina there still is a ray of hope.

  • Dunk

    Tre should have been fired.
    why would anyone be confident on his ability to select another coach.
    His assessment of talent for trades is horrible. His ability to negotiate a good contract is pathetic. The whole scouting group should have been removed.. .what about Burke?

  • Just.Visiting

    There were some comments last night during the game analysis that this has been a rumour for months. Hope we don’t end up in a tampering investigation.

  • Derzie

    My theory is that the people supporting this hire are the same people who supported the GG hire. I understand positivity but there is nothing to suggest Peters is that much better than GG. He may be great. He may be terrible. Given the info we have, he’s a longshot.