Chances are we won’t see more “honesty” from Bill Peters.
Peters, who made waves last week for verbally attacking the play of netminder Eddie Lack — punctuated by telling Lack to “make an [expletive] save” — has now suggested he won’t be as candid moving forward.
“I hope not,” Peters said when asked if he’d ever make similar comments, per the ‘Canes. “Not my proudest moment.
“I have a lot of respect for [Lack’s] game and a lot of respect for him as a player.”
Peter’s initial remarks came on Friday, two days after Lack allowed four goals on just 16 shots in an ugly loss to Tampa Bay. Then, the day after ripping Lack, Peters defended his comments by saying “that’s just being honest.”
But the coach’s tune changed following Carolina’s 2-1 win over the Coyotes last night, a game in which Lack made 24 saves. Peters also revealed his change of heart came after a chat with his 29-year-old netminder.
”We had a great talk and a great walk from the cars to the plane,” Peters said, per Yahoo.
It’s not entirely surprising to see things turn out this way. There’s still a month left in the regular season, and there’s no way Peters or the ‘Canes organization wanted to let the situation fester through April.
What’s more, Lack is under contract through 2018 — at $2.75 million — so it would make sense for all parties involved to try and salvage things.
At least for now.