It’s been widely reported that Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters has an out clause in his current contract, that could allow him to take another coaching job around the league instead of returning for the final year of his deal. The details of the clause though were unclear until now. Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports that Peters has until Friday to make a decision, and that he currently has a $1.6MM salary.
Though Peters has the clause and could remove himself from the situation in Carolina, new Hurricanes owner Thomas Dundon was also non-committal while talking about his coach’s future and acting GM Don Waddell told Alexander that his boss “has options too.” Teams have already been calling to interview the bench boss, though Alexander gives no answer for whether the Hurricanes have allowed it.
Carolina is still in the midst of a GM search, one that Waddell claims he is not a candidate for despite his interim title. The team had several high profile candidates remove their name from consideration, though since the search seems to be drifting into the offseason, one could expect several of them to resurface. The team is building a new organizational structure, and it’s unclear if Peters wishes to be a part of it going forward.