RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes signed coach Bill Peters to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, general manager Ron Francis said Wednesday.
Peters has a record of 65-72-27 in two seasons while leading the Hurricanes’ rebuilding project. They finished this season sixth in the Metropolitan Division with a 35-31-16 record, but earned 86 points — their most since 2010-11, and a 15-point improvement from Peters’ first year.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be a quick turnaround,” Peters said. “It takes time. … I just like the direction we’re headed in, and we’re headed in that direction for a long period of time.”
The Hurricanes used three rookies in the rotation on defense, and mounted a last-gasp — but ultimately unsuccessful — push for their first playoff appearance since 2009 by earning points in 12 of the 14 games that came after trading captain and franchise face Eric Staal to the New York Rangers.
Terms of Peters’ extension were not disclosed. Peters was entering the final year of a…