Peters resigns as Carolina Hurricanes head coach

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters resigned Friday after four seasons leading the NHL team.

Hired from the Detroit Red Wings’ staff in 2014 for his first NHL head coaching job, Peters led the team to a 137-138-53 record, missing the playoffs in all four seasons. He had one season left on a contract extension he signed in 2016.

The Hurricanes have now missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for nine straight years, which is the longest such drought in the NHL.

“I feel like this is a good time to move on and I am looking forward to my next challenge,” Peters said in a statement issued by the team.

The man who hired Peters, Hall of Fame player Ron Francis, is no longer Carolina’s general manager, having been promoted to president of hockey operations in March.

“I have a lot of respect for Bill as a person and a coach,” new team owner Tom Dundon said in a statement. “We thank him for his time with the Hurricanes and wish him success in whatever comes next.”

What comes next for the 53-year-old Three Hills, Alberta, native might be another NHL head coaching job, with three other such openings around the league, including one in his home province.

The Calgary Flames and New York Rangers have both fired their head coaches since the end of the regular season while Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock announced his retirement.