Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters was an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings last season when the HBO crew rolled in to tape the “24/7: Road to the Winter Classic” series. The HBO cameras were everywhere, it seemed, but Peters wound up with scant on-air time. “I hid, for sure,” Peters said, smiling. “There’s more interesting people than me to interview and spend time with, so I did a good job of staying out of the way.” It won’t be that way with the Hurricanes. Peters is an NHL head coach for the first time, hired to replace the fired Kirk Muller and to revitalize a Carolina team gone stale, and he’ll be the one who’s front and center, the cameras focused on him. People want to know who he is, what makes him tick. On Saturday, an estimated 3,500 Canes fans turned out for Summerfest at PNC Arena and many had a chance to hear some of Peters’ thoughts in a State-of-the-Hurricanes discussion hosted by John Forslund, the Canes’ television play-by-play man. “Oh, it’s a different situation now,” Peters said. “Nowhere to run and hide now. But that’s fine.” Peters, 48, was blunt in some of his team and player assessments Saturday. Noting Eric Staal scored one power-play goal last season, he called it “unacceptable” and discussed in some detail how the power play would change. He talked of being a better organized, more competitive team and said a lack of overall team size didn’t have to be a detriment.
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