The Detroit Red Wings gave teams permission to talk to assistant coach Bill Peters and associate coach Tom Renney after getting knocked out of the NHL playoffs.
Today, Bill Peters agreed to join the Carolina Hurricanes to be their head coach.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) June 19, 2014
Bill Peters spent his last year years with the Detroit Red Wings as Mike Babcock’s assistant coach and focus primarily on the defensive side of the puck.
In Detroit, Peters oversaw the from the Nicklas Lidstrom era to the Niklas Kronwall era on defense. During his time Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall, and Danny DeKeyser have all improved as defenseman, but Jakub Kindl regressed harshly and Brendan Smith did not develop quick enough.
Peters is a good move for the Hurricanes though and has head coaching experience with the Rockford Icehogs in the AHL, Chicago Blackhawks AHL affiliate, and the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL, where he led the team to a Memorial Cup victory.
With Peters leaving, the Detroit Red Wings will start searching for an assistant coach to take over the defense.
Jeff Blashil might be an option as the replacement, but I believe the Red Wings have greater plans in store for him and he is a more offensively inclined coach.
The Red Wings could look at another coach with zero NHL experience, like Peters had before he joined Detroit, but with the Wings continuing to compete for a chance to win the Stanley Cup I believe they will go after a coach with NHL experience.
The Red Wings should begin interviewing soon for the open position, but I expect Ken Holland and Mike Babcock to take their time in finding an assistant coach to take over the defense.