Breaking: Flames officially hire new head coach

Wow… who saw this coming?! Good move, Flames fans?

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According to a report from Sportsnet reporter John Shannon, the Calgary Flames have hired former Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters and are expected to make the announcement at 11am MT (1pm ET) this morning.

More on this story to come.

Update: The Flames have confirmed that they’ll be holding a press conference at 11am MT this morning, where they’ll announce their next head coach.

All indications are that Peters will be unveiled as the team’s new bench boss.

Peters resigned from his position with the Hurricanes last week, after it was reported that he had a week long period to negotiate with other NHL teams before deciding whether or not he wanted to pick up the option for his final year in Carolina. He elected not to and resigned his position immediately. The worst kept secret in hockey seems to be his negotiation and agreement with Flames general manager Brad Treliving.

Peters, who will be behind the bench as head coach of Team Canada in the upcoming 2018 IIHF World Championships, compiled a 137-138-53 record over four season in Carolina. He failed to make the playoffs during his tenure there, but many hockey analysts attribute that less to Peters’ coaching and more to his team’s inept goaltending. With a solid goaltender in Mike Smith between the pipes in Calgary, it’ll be interesting to see if Peters and the Flames can take the next step.

Upon resigning form his position in Carolina, Peters issued the following statement:

"I want to thank Tom Dundon, Peter Karmanos and Ron Francis for the trust they put in me to lead the team," said Peters. "I feel the incoming general manager should have the ability to hire his own head coach. I also want to thank Don Waddell and the entire front office and PNC Arena staff. This business requires hard work and long hours, and I greatly appreciate the efforts of the many people I have worked alongside during the past four years.
"We enjoyed our time in Raleigh, and my family will always feel a connection to North Carolina. I feel like this is a good time to move on, and I am looking forward to my next challenge."

Stay tuned for the announcement in Calgary.