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Bill Peters Resigns As The Head Coach In Carolina

RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that Head Coach Bill Peters has resigned his position. The team will immediately begin its search for a new head coach.  

"I have a lot of respect for Bill as a person and coach," said Owner/CEO/Governor Tom Dundon. "We thank him for his time with the Hurricanes and wish him success in whatever comes next."

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Paul Krepelka Named VP Of Hockey Operations For The Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the team has named Paul Krepelka as its new Vice President of Hockey Operations. As Vice President of Hockey Operations, Krepelka’s responsibilities will include player contract negotiations and other hockey operations matters.

“Paul has been involved in professional hockey for nearly 30 years, developing experience and relationships that will be of great value to the Hurricanes,” said Tom Dundon, CEO, Owner and Governor of the Carolina Hurricanes.   

Krepelka has gained experience in hockey as a player, attorney, agent and manager, most recently serving as director of player development for the Norfolk Admirals. Prior to joining the Admirals, Krepelka spent 20 years as a sports agent, including 13 years as a co-founder and partner in the Orr Hockey Group. A graduate of Princeton University, where he played collegiate hockey, Krepelka played professionally for the Hampton Roads Admirals from 1991-1993, winning a Riley Cup with the Admirals in 1992. Following his playing career, the Arlington, MA, native returned to Massachusetts to earn his law degree from Suffolk University in Boston before joining Woolf Associates in 1996 as a sports agent.


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Bill Peters Weighing His Coaching Options

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes are still waiting on an answer from head coach Bill Peters.

Don Waddell, the Canes’ president and interim general manager, said Monday that Peters, who has coached the Hurricanes the past four years, has until Friday to exercise the exit clause on his contract. Waddell confirmed that Peters has one year remaining on his contract, with a $1.6 million salary.

Waddell said there have been calls to the Hurricanes asking permission to speak to Peters about coaching jobs, but did not say how many teams have called.

“I don't think he's fighting to get out the door,” Waddell said of Peters. “But that's his right, that's in his contract. He's got to weigh out all his options."


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Far From Normal In Carolina

from Luke DeCock of tne News & Observer,

Across the desk from the players in exit interviews, there was one man: Tom Dundon.

At the podium to wrap up the Carolina Hurricanes' season on Monday, there was one man: Tom Dundon.

No coach. No general manager. No team president. Just the owner.

What a wild, weird, wacky operation this is going to be...

If Bill Peters wants to leave? OK. If he decides to stay? Fine. Someone has to make trade calls and haggle over contracts. Might as well be Don Waddell, since he won't be making any decisions on his own. If someone significantly more insightful does come along, he'll get the job instead.

It has never been clearer how Dundon looks at things differently than traditional hockey people, and that's going to be jarring for a while, just as the lack of any clarification on Peters' future was Monday. It might be jarring forever.

So while hardboiled hockey men snicker in their Crown Royal from Moose Jaw to Montreal at the idea of an owner making hockey decisions or conducting exit meetings, certain deep in their hearts things have been set up a certain way across North America for decades for a reason, they might be right.


Plus this from earlier today.

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Afternoon Line- Tom Dundon

“It’s fairly obvious on the hockey side we aren’t good enough to make the playoffs, the record tells you who you are. We were pretty healthy and we weren’t good enough.

“We’re probably not hard enough to play against. We probably don’t score enough. And there’s something missing in terms of our engagement.”

-Tom Dundon, owner of the Carolina Hurricanes.  Chip Alexander of the News & Observer has more.

added 4:50pm, 28 minute video of the press conference below...

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Video- You Make The Call - Lightning/Hurricanes

Good goal on the ice, Situation Room says the same.

Hopefully, these type of calls remain consistent through the playoffs.


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A Look At The Carolina Hurricanes

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

It's fair to say the first few months of Tom Dundon's tenure as majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes haven't gone swimmingly. The night of the press conference announcing his ownership, the team blew a one-goal lead with four minutes to play and lost in regulation, an unfortunate harbinger of the early days of the long-awaited change in owners.

Throw in the stuttering and abortive search for a new general manager after the firing of Ron Francis last month and the team's general slide into further irrelevance, and there's not a lot Dundon can hang his baseball hat on, so far

With the Hurricanes' elimination from the playoffs Saturday with three games to play, the offseason can begin in earnest, and with that Dundon's plans for overhauling the franchise. There's only so much any owner can do in midseason; the window for real change opens now

Start with the general manager search, which was folly to do during the season. Not only was it going to be difficult to convince anyone to leave their current team in the midst of a playoff run, the Hurricanes were offering half of the market rate, which runs about $1 million per season, in hopes that someone would be intrigued enough by the challenge. That didn't happen, nor did anyone blow Dundon's socks off to the point where he was willing to up his offer to seven figures.


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Video- It’s Early, But Cam Ward Wins Bad Goal Of The Night

Can't recall witnessing this before.


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Looks Like The Carolina Hurricanes Will Pause Their GM Search

Two or three of the names mentioned recently politely declined for one reason or another.


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Video- The GM Job In Carolina

via Sportsnet,

Hockey Central at Noon discussion on a couple of names up for the GM job in Carolina, with the guys wondering why this gig would be less attractive for would-be candidates.


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