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Bill Peters looking to turn Carolina Hurricanes into winners in 1st NHL head coaching job

The Carolina Hurricanes hope they now have the leadership tandem in place to turn the franchise around.

Bill Peters was introduced Friday as the Hurricanes coach, the first big hire made by new Carolina general manager Ron Francis. Now it's up to Peters to prove it was a shrewd move.

Peters says the Hurricanes are "excited about the challenges" and that there are "a lot of pieces here."

He replaces Kirk Muller, who was fired last month — a week into Francis' tenure as GM.

Instead of an established head coach or a popular ex-player, Francis went with Peters — a 48-year-old Detroit Red Wings assistant who has never been an NHL head coach.

Francis says he interviewed 10 candidates before deciding on Peters and awarding him a three-year contract.