The Calgary Flames underachieved in 2017-18 for a lot of reasons. They couldn’t score. Their power play was awful. But ultimately what cost Glen Gulutzan his job as head coach was that the team was collectively less than the sum of their parts. New Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) The
It was only a matter of time. The Calgary Flames relieved Glen Gulutzan of his head coaching duties on Tuesday, a move many were expecting. In addition to Gulutzan, assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard were also let go. Was Gulutzan fully to blame for the failed 2017-18 season of the Flames? Absolutely not.
After ending their season yesterday with a 5-0 thumping by the Flyers, who punched their ticket to the playoffs as a result, the New York Rangers wasted little time in making their next move: firing head coach Alain Vigneault. With a 34-39-9 record, perhaps the writing was on the wall all along, but surely Vigneault’s
Already the Carolina Hurricanes look different. Monday night the Ottawa Senators came to Raleigh for the rematch in a home and home with the Hurricanes, who look decidedly different of late than they have for most of the season. Frankly, it’s a good look. It’s a look, however, that spawns two primary emotions with the
Bill Peters is no novice. He’s been around hockey a long time. However, his run as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes is his first as a head coach in the NHL. While he has undoubtedly been around the block more than once, it’s possible that he just might be learning a thing or two
The Carolina Hurricanes fan base is getting restless…again. This time, it’s not so much head coach, Bill Peters that is being encouraged to find gainful employment elsewhere, but general manager Ron Francis. Francis has long been considered “off-limits” when it comes to criticism and suggestions for his own relocation. Hurricanes fans adore him and Rod
What is the key difference between the Toronto Maple Leafs & the Carolina Hurricanes in the success of their mutual rebuilds? The teams were both in similar positions four years ago. At the end of the 2014-15 season, the Hurricanes were ranked last in the Metropolitan Division, with a record of 30-41-11 and 71 points.
The Carolina Hurricanes are singing a familiar tune. The lyrics go something like, “Here we are again, hanging out in no man’s land. Year after year, fans can’t understand.” It is a sad song, really, that laments the reality that another season out of the playoffs is unfolding. The team seems headed to no man’s land
A few of my colleagues in the sports media have written lately that it’s time for Carolina Hurricanes head coach, Bill Peters to be fired. I addressed the subject recently myself, saying I felt his seat was warm, not hot. But, after the Dec. 16th 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, I thought it
Tom Dundon has likely made many interesting calls to his wife, Veruschka about interesting ventures he has put together. Most recently, he may well have had this exchange: “Honey, I bought the Carolina Hurricanes.” Veruschka: “Why? Aren’t they pretty bad? Won’t that be frustrating?” Tom Dundon, You’re up The truth is that the Hurricanes have been frustrating
The Carolina Hurricanes are closing in on making a playoff run nearly impossible. Sure, the math will be with them for a while, but for all intents and purposes, if they do not start to string together some victories, they can put a bow on this season. After an offseason that blossomed with hope and
Cam Ward, who recently moved to “backup” goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes, was in goal on Sunday night against the New York Islanders. As a writer, I cannot find the superlatives to describe his game. To say, “He stood on is head” would seem cliché. To say he was unconscious might be better, but honestly, he
Sebastian Aho scored again on Sunday night. At 1:50 in the first period, he notched the first goal in the contest between the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes. Not to be outdone, a couple of minutes later his teammate Teuvo Teravainen followed up with a goal of his own. The score was 2-0
I absolutely love Carolina Hurricanes head coach, Bill Peters. He is an old-school hockey guy, with a resume of success wherever he has coached. Most of the time Peters comes across as a tough, no-nonsense throwback to hockey’s grittier days. But, he is fair and enjoys a good laugh just like anyone else. Peters’ Pedigree