Peters inks two-year extension with Hurricanes

Just over two years ago, Ron Francis, the newly-minted Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, introduced Bill Peters as the team’s head coach.

"I’m confident we have the right guy to lead the Canes going forward," Francis said in June 2014.

Francis and Peters were again at the podium in front of the media on Wednesday to announce that the 13th head coach in franchise history has signed a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2018-19 season.

"In the two years he’s been here, he’s done a tremendous job in coaching," Francis said on Wednesday. "We want to get into the playoffs and have success here. We think he’ll be a big part of that moving forward."

During Peters’ two-year tenure as the Hurricanes’ bench boss, the team has posted a record of 65-72-27. In the 2015-16 regular season, the Canes earned 86 points (35-31-16), the highest total since 2010-11 and a 15-point improvement over the season prior.

The last two seasons have laid the foundation for the success that Francis and his staff envisioned when Peters was hired. It’s a process, no doubt, and strides are visible.

"When the lines of communication are open and you have good dialogue with people above you, you have a chance. You’re on the same page, and that’s important in this day and age in sports," Peters said. "We knew it wasn’t going to be a quick turnaround; it takes time. Fans don’t want to hear that and we don’t want to hear it either, but we’re realistic."