aPRIL 16, 2018 | 8:15PM ET
HURRICANES COACH PETERS MAY BOLT
Bill Peters, head coach
Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters has an exit clause in his contract that allows him to explore alternative options by a set date or remain with the club through the last year of his contract.
Teams have inquired about Peters’ availability, and it appears he has until Friday to make a decision, according to Hurricanes beat reporter Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Hurricanes President and interim GM Don Waddell told Alexander that Peters has until the end of the week.
Peters, who has coached Carolina for the past four seasons, has one-year left on his deal, which comes with a $1.6 million salary.
“I don’t think he’s fighting to get out the door,” Waddell told the News & Observer, confirming teams have requested permission to speak with Peters. “But that’s his right, that’s in his contract. He’s got to weigh out all the options.”
The New York Rangers and Dallas Stars are currently without a head coach. It’s unclear if either club, or another team, has reached out to the Hurricanes.
Meanwhile, Carolina’s search for a full-time GM continues, though Waddell hinted the team is waiting on a few potential candidates to wrap up their playoff runs before the club reaches out.