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Peters Joins Canes in Camp

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

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If nothing else, today's training camp sessions were a tad more vocal, as the voice of the Carolina Hurricanes' head coach boomed through the building.

Bill Peters, fresh off a World Cup title with Team Canada, rejoined the Hurricanes at practice on Saturday morning. He stumbled slightly when he first hit the ice, and Ron Hainsey made it known that he saw the mishap.

"I can't skate!" Peters joked, in so many words.

But everything else was status quo, as if Peters had not missed the first eight days of on-ice camp action, which speaks to the seamless nature of the instruction from assistant coaches Steve Smith and Rod Brind'Amour.

"You can jump right in, but no doubt there's a little bit of catch up for sure," Peters said after his first skate with the team. "We'll be able to get caught up a little bit this afternoon and in the morning. It felt a little rushed, but now we'll get back to a normal routine moving forward."

After seeing Team Canada hoist the World Cup on Thursday night, Peters arrived back in Raleigh on Friday afternoon but opted to let his coaching staff go about their business in preparation for the team's third preseason game. Peters digested the action from a suite, a different vantage point.

"I liked a lot of the things I saw, both individually from players and collectively as a group," he said.

While in Toronto with Team Canada, Peters stayed plugged in with what was happening with his group, both in Traverse City, Mich., and then Raleigh.

"It's an amazing thing, that thing. What is it? The internet. It's pretty good," he said. "You're watching clips, listening to interviews, talking to your GM and assistant GMs. … They did a great job getting prepared."

A champion of two international competitions this calendar year alone, Peters brings back with him an amalgam of fresh approaches and new ideas.

"It's called research and development," Peters joked. "We were fortunate to have a real good staff and some bright hockey minds there. A lot of good conversation about how the game is played and the direction the game's going, so there's definitely things we're going to implement here, both from the World Championship and the World Cup."

Peters spent Saturday morning instructing the Canes in two groups. There was limited time at the whiteboard, on-the-fly teaching and more dedicated special teams work.

"I like the way it's headed, I really do," Peters said. "I think we're a deeper team and a more skilled team. It will be fun to get our bearings down and get going with this group."

The Hurricanes made a small round of cuts to their training camp roster this afternoon, assigning five players - forwards Clark Bishop, Erik Karlsson and Kyle Hagel, defenseman Josh Wesley and goaltender Daniel Altshuller - to Charlotte, whose training camp begins on Monday.

The Canes begin a three-game preseason road swing on Sunday in Minnesota, and they'll be bringing along a bigger-than-usual crew with 46 players still on the camp roster. As they did in their first two preseason games, Peters said the Hurricanes plan to use completely different lineups as the road trip continues on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Some of these guys I haven't seen play. I want to see them in a competitive environment and see how they react to some duress," Peters said. "We've got to take a bigger group than typically, but I think that's good too. It gives guys a good, long look and it gives me a chance to see these young guys play."

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