The Calgary Flames have HIRED Bill Peters to be their new head coach, the team announced Monday.
Peters was introduced at a press conference at the Scotiabank Saddledome just a few days after he resigned as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. He spent four years there and had a year to go on his contract.
Peters is the replacement for the ejected Greg Gulutzan, who was canned along with his assistants after the Flames missed the playoffs this season.
“I think it’s a very good team and I think it’s a team that’s set up to win and play the modern game,” Peters said. “What I talk about the modern game, when you watch the playoffs, you need defence up in the rush, you need offence from your defence. We’re going to be able to do that with what we have.”
Peters wasn’t able to make the Hurricanes into a playoff team and went 137-138-53 during his tenure in Raleigh.
The 53-year-old is the second coaching hire of general manager Brad Treliving and the fourth head coach in nine years for Calgary. During that time frame, the Flames have finished outside of the post-season seven times.
“This is an individual I’m familiar with,” Treliving said. “I was focused on Bill. It’s based upon seeing and living it live with him over albeit a short period of time. He’s prepared. I think he’s a student of the modern game. I think he’s relationship driven with players. He’s honest and direct.”
Treliving didn’t speak to any other candidates.
Peters will coach the Canadians once more at the world championship tournament in May and then he’ll turn his focus over to the Flames, who have their work cut out for them next season. They’ve got a solid core group of players, but something has to change to push this team into the post-season with consistency.
Calgary made the playoffs in Gulutzan’s first season behind the bench, but they finished this season with a 37-35-10 record and missed the extra frame by 11 points.