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'''The 2016–17 NHL season''' will be the 100th season of operation (99th season of play) of the [[National Hockey League]] (NHL).
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'''The 2016–17 NHL season''' is the 100th season of operation (99th season of play) of the National Hockey League.
   
Thirty teams will compete in 82-game regular season from October 12, 2016 to April 9, 2017.
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Thirty teams are competing in an 82-game regular season from October 12, 2016 to April 9, 2017.
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The [[2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs]] will then begin on April 12 and last until mid-June.
   
The [[2017 Stanley Cup playoffs]] will then begin on April 12th and last until mid-June.
 
 
==League Business==
 
==League Business==
 
===Salary Cap===
 
===Salary Cap===
In December of 2015, commissioner [[Gary Bettman]] told teams that he projected the salary cap to least $74.5 million for the 2016–17 season.
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In December 2015, commissioner [[Gary Bettman]] informed teams that he projected the salary cap to be at least $74.5 million for the 2016–17 season. It could increase as much as $3.1 million. It was eventually set at $73.1 million
 
It could increase as much as $3.1 million.
 
 
===Rule Changes===
 
===Rule Changes===
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===Expansion===
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On June 22, 2016, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman officially announced that the league had approved an expansion team in Las Vegas, Nevada (later christened the [[Vegas Golden Knights]]) which is set to begin play in the [[2017-18 NHL season]].
 
===Media Rights===
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Canadian rightsholder Rogers Media reinstated Ron MacLean as host of [[Hockey Night in Canada]] for the 2016–17 season to replace George Stroumboulopoulos, whose introduction in the 2014–15 season was met with mixed reception by viewers.
   
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MacLean will host the early game of the weekly doubleheader, with David Amber handling the late games. MacLean will continue to host the Sunday-night Hometown Hockey games on Sportsnet.
   
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On June 20, 2016, the Buffalo Sabres announced that it had agreed to a 10-year extension of its regional television rights deal with MSG Network, which saw the establishment of a new sub-feed of MSG Network known as MSG Western New York.
===Media Rights===
 
The national broadcast rights will remain with NBC Sports (in the United States) and Sportsnet (in Canada) under long-term contracts signed in previous seasons.
 
   
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MSG WNY is a joint venture between MSG Networks and Sabres owner Pegula Sports and Entertainment, and replaced MSG Network in the team's market region. It is the primary carrier of programming related to the Sabres and other Pegula-owned teams, such as the NFL's Buffalo Bills, and continues to carry selected programming from its parent network. There will be no on-air changes in staffing for Sabres telecasts.
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On June 27, 2016, Sports Business Daily reported that the NHL had reached a deal in principle with Fox Sports to allow in-market, authenticated online streaming for eligible pay TV subscribers, of regional telecasts for the 12 teams it holds rights to.
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===Centennial Celebration===
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On September 27, 2016, the NHL announced plans to celebrate its 100th year with a series of initiatives that began on January 1, 2017 and will span throughout the entire 2017 calendar year (including the first part of the following season, which would be the league's 100th season of play).
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They include the NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game on January 1, 2017, documentaries and a daily "Time Capsule" feature across NHL media properties, a "Centennial Truck Tour" with a traveling museum and other activities that will visit each NHL market over the course of the year, a 2017 Winter Classic-themed float during the Tournament of Roses Parade, and the unveilings of the top 100 players during the weekend of the All-Star Game and then the top 100 moments of the league's history during Fall 2017.
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To honor the NHL's 100th year, a special anniversary logo was designed, featuring a banner wrapped around the number 100 with the current NHL shield in the foreground. Both the banner and the number 100 are in same silver colour as the NHL shield.
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On January 1, 2017, each player began wearing a patch on their jerseys with this emblem. This logo was also put on in-game pucks, on the aforementioned Rose Parade float, and other places.
 
==Coaching Changes==
 
==Coaching Changes==
 
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| [[Bruce Boudreau]]
 
| [[Bruce Boudreau]]
 
| [[Randy Carlyle]]
 
| [[Randy Carlyle]]
| Boudreau was fired on April 29, 2016, after losing in the first round of the [[2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs]]. Boudreau accumulated a 208–104–40 regular season record and a 21–15 playoff record with the Ducks over five seasons. The Ducks won four consecutive Pacific Division titles from [[2012–13 Anaheim Ducks season|2012–13]] to [[2015–16 Anaheim Ducks season|2015–16]]. On June 14, 2016, the Ducks announced that Carlyle, the Ducks' coach from [[2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim season|2005]] to [[2011–12 Anaheim Ducks season|2011]], would return to the team to become their head coach for the second time; Carlyle had spent most of the interim coaching the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] from [[2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs season|2012]] to [[2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs season|2015]].
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| Boudreau was fired on April 29, 2016, after losing in the first round of the [[2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs]]. Boudreau accumulated a 208–104–40 regular season record and a 21–15 playoff record with the Ducks over five seasons. The Ducks won four consecutive Pacific Division titles from [[2012–13 NHL season|2012–13]] to [[2015–16 NHL season|2015–16]]. On June 14, 2016, the Ducks announced that Carlyle, the Ducks' coach from [[2005–06 NHL season|2005]] to [[2011–12 NHL season|2011]], would return to the team to become their head coach for the second time; Carlyle had spent most of the interim coaching the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] from [[2011–12 NHL season|2012]] to [[2014–15 NHL season|2015]].
 
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| [[Calgary Flames]]
 
| [[Calgary Flames]]
 
| [[Bob Hartley]]
 
| [[Bob Hartley]]
 
| [[Glen Gulutzan]]
 
| [[Glen Gulutzan]]
| Hartley was fired on May 3, 2016, after accumulating a record of 134–135–25 record over four seasons in Calgary. He was fired just one season after winning the [[Jack Adams Award]] for Coach of the Year in the [[2014–15 NHL season|2014–15 season]]. On June 17, 2016, Gulutzan was named head coach. He was previously the head coach of the [[Dallas Stars]] and most recently an assistant coach for the [[Vancouver Canucks]].
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| Hartley was fired on May 3, 2016, after accumulating a record of 134–135–25 record over four seasons in Calgary. He was fired just one season after winning the [[Jack Adams Award]] for Coach of the Year in the [[2014–15 NHL season|2014–15 season]]. On June 17, 2016, Gulutzan was named head coach. He was previously the head coach of the [[Dallas Stars]] and most recently an assistant coach for the [[Vancouver Canucks]].
 
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| [[Colorado Avalanche]]
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| [[Patrick Roy]]
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| [[Jared Bednar]]
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| On August 11, 2016, Roy abruptly resigned from his positions as head coach and vice president of hockey operations in a dispute over Roy's input in personnel decisions. Roy had a record of 130–92–24 over three seasons in Colorado and won a [[Jack Adams Award]] after leading the Avalanche to the playoffs in his first season as head coach. Bednar was most recently the head coach of the Calder Cup-winning [[Cleveland Monsters|Lake Erie Monsters]].
 
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| [[Minnesota Wild]]
 
| [[Minnesota Wild]]
 
| [[Mike Yeo]]<br />[[John Torchetti]]*
 
| [[Mike Yeo]]<br />[[John Torchetti]]*
 
| [[Bruce Boudreau]]
 
| [[Bruce Boudreau]]
 
|Yeo began the season as the head coach, but was fired on February 13, 2016, after posting a 23–22–10 record through 55 games. In 4½ seasons with the Wild, he compiled a record of 173–132–44. Yeo was named head coach in waiting for the [[St. Louis Blues]] and will serve one season as associate head coach before current head coach [[Ken Hitchcock]] retires. Torchetti finished the season with a record of 15–11–1, lost 4–2 to the Dallas Stars in the [[2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs|2016]] First Round, and was dismissed May 7, 2016; Torchetti eventually became an assistant with the [[Detroit Red Wings]]. On the same day, Boudreau and the Wild reached an agreement for him to become their next head coach In five seasons with the Ducks, Boudreau accumulated a regular season record of 208–104–40 and a playoff record of 21–15, while winning four consecutive Pacific Division titles from [[2012–13 NHL season|2012–13]] to [[2015–16 NHL season|2015–16]].
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Yeo began the season as the head coach, but was fired on February 13, 2016, after posting a 23–22–10 record through 55 games. In 4½ seasons with the Wild, he compiled a record of 173–132–44. Yeo was named head coach in waiting for the [[St. Louis Blues]] and will serve one season as associate head coach before current head coach [[Ken Hitchcock]] retires. Torchetti finished the season with a record of 15–11–1, lost 4–2 to the Dallas Stars in the [[2016 Stanley Cup playoffs|2016]] First Round, and was dismissed May 7, 2016; Torchetti eventually became an assistant with the [[Detroit Red Wings]]. On the same day, Boudreau and the Wild reached an agreement for him to become their next head coach. In five seasons with the Ducks, Boudreau accumulated a regular season record of 208–104–40 and a playoff record of 21–15, while winning four consecutive Pacific Division titles from [[2012–13 Anaheim Ducks season|2012–13]] to [[2015–16 Anaheim Ducks season|2015–16]].
 
 
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| [[Ottawa Senators]]
 
| [[Ottawa Senators]]
 
| [[Dave Cameron]]
 
| [[Dave Cameron]]
 
| [[Guy Boucher]]
 
| [[Guy Boucher]]
| Cameron was fired on April 12, 2016, after accumulating a record of 70–50–17 after 1¾ seasons. The team made the postseason once under his tenure losing to the [[Montreal Canadiens]], 4–2 in the [[2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs]].
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| Cameron was fired on April 12, 2016, after accumulating a record of 70–50–17 after 1¾ seasons. The team made the postseason once under his tenure losing to the [[Montreal Canadiens]], 4–2 in the [[2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs]]. Boucher, who had previously coached the [[Tampa Bay Lightning]] from 2010–13, had spent parts of the last two seasons with SC Bern in Switzerland.
 
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!Story / Accomplishments
 
!Story / Accomplishments
 
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| [[Florida Panthers]]
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| [[Gerard Gallant]]
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| [[Tom Rowe]]*
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| Gallant was fired on November 27, 2016, after posting an 11–10–1 record through 22 games this season.
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'''(*) Indicates interim.'''
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(*) Indicates interim.
 
 
==Arena Changes==
 
==Arena Changes==
This will be the [[Edmonton Oilers]]' first season at Rogers Place replacing their old arena Rexall Place.
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*This is the Edmonton Oilers' first season at Rogers Place replacing their old arena, Rexall Place. The team played its first regular season home game on October 12, 2016, against the Calgary Flames.
 
*It will also be the Detroit Red Wings' final season at Joe Louis Arena before moving into their new arena, Little Caesars Arena, in October 2017 in time for the 2017–18 NHL season.
 
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*The Pittsburgh Penguins' home arena was renamed from "CONSOL Energy Center" to PPG Paints Arena on October 4, 2016, although previous rights owner Consol Energy will remain a corporate sponsor with the Penguins.
The team will play its first regular season home game on October 12, 2016 against the [[Calgary Flames]].
 
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*The Buffalo Sabres' home arena was renamed to KeyBank Center, following KeyCorp's acquisition of previous rights holder First Niagara Bank. This is the fourth name change for the arena since it opened in 1996, all related to bank mergers.
 
It will also be the [[Detroit Red Wings]]' final season at Joe Louis Arena before moving into their new arena, Little Caesars Arena in October of 2017 in time for the [[2017–18 NHL season]].
 
 
 
==Regular Season==
 
==Regular Season==
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The regular season began on October 12, 2016 and will end on April 9, 2017. The playoffs will begin on April 12, 2017. The schedule was released on June 21, 2016.
===Heritage Classic===
 
The [[2016 NHL Heritage Classic]] will be held on October 23, 2016, at Investors Group Field, home of the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
 
   
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Each team will receive a five-day "bye week" and no practices can be held during the time period.
The Winnipeg Jets will host the Edmonton Oilers in their first outdoor game and second for the Oilers after the [[2003 NHL Heritage Classic]].
 
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===Outdoor Games===
===Centennial Classic and Winter Classic===
 
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Four outdoor games will be played during the 2016–17 season.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NHL and the 50th anniversary of its expansion into a continent-wide league, the NHL will hold two outdoor showcase games over New Year's Day weekend.
 
   
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The Winnipeg Jets hosted the Heritage Classic against the Edmonton Oilers at Investors Group Field on October 23, 2016. The Oilers won the game, 3–0.
On Sunday, January 1, 2017, the one-off special Centennial Classic will be hosted in Toronto, Ontario's BMO Field, hosted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the league's two remaining charter franchises and who themselves are celebrating 100 years in business.
 
   
The Maple Leafs will host the Detroit Red Wings in a rematch of the [[2014 NHL Winter Classic]].
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The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Centennial Classic at BMO Field on January 1, 2017, against the Detroit Red Wings.
   
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The game will commemorate the 100th season of the Maple Leafs and NHL as a whole.
The ninth NHL Winter Classic will be held on the afternoon of Monday, January 2, 2017. That game will be hosted by the St. Louis Blues, one of the six teams added in the Great Expansion of 1967 that are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary.
 
   
The Blues will host their archrivals, the Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
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The following Monday, January 2, 2017, the St. Louis Blues hosted the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium against the Chicago Blackhawks.
===Stadium Series===
 
Just like in 2015, only one Stadium Series game will be played. The game will feature the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field (home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers) on February 25, 2017.
 
   
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On February 25, 2017, the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field for the Stadium Series game.
This will be the second time Pittsburgh has hosted an outdoor game (the first being the [[2011 NHL Winter Classic]]) hosted at the same venue.
 
===All-Star Game===
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===All–Star Game===
The 62nd NHL All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles, California at Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, January 29, 2017.
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The [[62nd NHL All-Star Game]] will be held in Los Angeles at Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Kings, on Sunday, January 29, 2017.
 
The format will be identical to the 2016 All-Star Game.
 
   
 
The format will be identical to the [[61st NHL All-Star Game|2016 All-Star Game]].
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===Postponed Game===
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The Detroit Red Wings-Carolina Hurricanes game scheduled for December 19, 2016 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina was postponed due to poor ice conditions.
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==Standings==
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===Scoring Leaders===
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===Leading Goaltenders===
 
==Milestones==
 
==Milestones==
==Uniform==
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===First Games===
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The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2016–17 season, listed with their first team.
The [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] unveiled a new logo on February 2, 2016, for the team's centennial season.
 
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The [[Florida Panthers]] unveiled a brand new logo and uniform set on June 2, 2016, for the 2016–17 season.
 
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The [[Philadelphia Flyers]] will be releasing a special third jersey for their 50th anniversary.
 
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| [[Auston Matthews]] || [[Toronto Maple Leafs]]
 
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The team has only unveiled a teaser photo of this jersey which will have the 50th anniversary patch on the right shoulder of the uniform. The team has not announced any plans on a Stadium Series jersey.
 
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===Last Games===
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===Major Milestones Reached===
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*On October 12, 2016, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews became the first player in the modern era to score four goals in his NHL debut.
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*On October 18, 2016, [[Chicago Blackhawks]] forward [[Marian Hossa]] became the 44th player in league history to score 500 goals.
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*On October 20, 2016, [[Florida Panthers]] forward [[Jaromir Jagr]] became the third player in league history to score 750 goals.
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*On October 23, 2016, [[Minnesota Wild]] forward [[Zach Parise]] scored his 300th goal.
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*On November 1, 2016, [[St. Louis Blues]] defenseman [[Jay Bouwmeester]] participated in his 1000th NHL game.
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*On November 8, 2016, [[New York Rangers]] forward [[Rick Nash]] became the 92nd player in league history to score 400 goals.
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*On November 12, 2016, [[Montreal Canadiens]] goaltender [[Carey Price]] became the first goaltender in league history to win his first 10 games of the season.
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*On December 8, 2016, [[Dallas Stars]] forward [[Jamie Benn]] scored his 200th goal.
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*On December 10, 2016, [[Ottawa Senators]] forward [[Chris Neil]] participated in his 1000th NHL game.
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*On December 10, 2016, [[Colorado Avalanche]] forward [[Jarome Iginla]] participated in his 1,500th NHL game becoming the 16th player to do so.
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*On December 11, 2016, [[Minnesota Wild]] forward [[Eric Staal]] scored his 800th point.
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*On December 18, 2016, [[Columbus Blue Jackets]] head coach [[John Tortorella]] won his 500th game, becoming the first American-born coach with 500 victories.
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*On December 22, 2016, Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 1,888th career point, surpassing Mark Messier to become second in career points.
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*On December 23, 2016, [[Phoenix Coyotes|Arizona Coyotes]] forward [[Shane Doan]] scored his 400th goal and played his 1,500th game with the Coyotes.
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*On December 27, 2016, [[Pittsburgh Penguins]] forward [[Evgeni Malkin]] scored his 800th point.
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*On December 29, 2016, Chicago Blackhawks forward [[Patrick Kane]] scored his 700th point.
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*On December 31, 2016, New York Rangers goaltender [[Henrik Lundqvist]] recorded his 390th career win, surpassing [[Dominik Hasek]] to become the all-time wins leader among European-born goaltenders.
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Beginning January 1, 2017, all jerseys contain patches of the NHL's centennial emblem, located below the numbers on their sleeves.
   
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*The Calgary Flames changed alternate jerseys, retiring the script-laden, Western-style alternate used since 2013 in favor of their throwback red uniforms, which had previously been given alternate distinction from 2010 to 2013.
The [[Pittsburgh Penguins]] are expected to return to using black and "Pittsburgh gold" as their colors, and will debut new uniforms, retiring "Vegas gold" that has been used in at least some capacity since 2000.
 
 
*The Florida Panthers unveiled a brand new logo and uniform set on June 2, 2016 for the 2016–17 season.
 
*The Los Angeles Kings unveiled a special third jersey for their 50th anniversary.
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*The Nashville Predators switched to gold helmets full-time when playing at home.
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*The New York Rangers added a shoulder patch to commemorate their 90th anniversary.
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*The Philadelphia Flyers released a special third jersey for their 50th anniversary. The team had previously unveiled a teaser photo of this jersey, showing the 50th anniversary patch on the right shoulder of the uniform. The numbers on the back and sleeves of this jersey are gold, and the main crest is also outlined in gold. The team has also announced a black Stadium Series jersey with orange detailing for its Stadium Series game against the Penguins.
 
*The Pittsburgh Penguins return to using black and "Pittsburgh gold" as their primary colors and will debut a new away uniform retiring "Vegas gold" that has been used in at least some capacity since 2000.
 
*The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled a new logo on February 2, 2016 for the team's centennial season. Their new uniforms were unveiled during the [[2016 NHL Entry Draft]].
 
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The 2016–17 NHL season is the 100th season of operation (99th season of play) of the National Hockey League.

Thirty teams are competing in an 82-game regular season from October 12, 2016 to April 9, 2017.

The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs will then begin on April 12 and last until mid-June.

League Business

Salary Cap

In December 2015, commissioner Gary Bettman informed teams that he projected the salary cap to be at least $74.5 million for the 2016–17 season. It could increase as much as $3.1 million. It was eventually set at $73.1 million

Rule Changes

Expansion

On June 22, 2016, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman officially announced that the league had approved an expansion team in Las Vegas, Nevada (later christened the Vegas Golden Knights) which is set to begin play in the 2017-18 NHL season.

Media Rights

Canadian rightsholder Rogers Media reinstated Ron MacLean as host of Hockey Night in Canada for the 2016–17 season to replace George Stroumboulopoulos, whose introduction in the 2014–15 season was met with mixed reception by viewers.

MacLean will host the early game of the weekly doubleheader, with David Amber handling the late games. MacLean will continue to host the Sunday-night Hometown Hockey games on Sportsnet.

On June 20, 2016, the Buffalo Sabres announced that it had agreed to a 10-year extension of its regional television rights deal with MSG Network, which saw the establishment of a new sub-feed of MSG Network known as MSG Western New York.

MSG WNY is a joint venture between MSG Networks and Sabres owner Pegula Sports and Entertainment, and replaced MSG Network in the team's market region. It is the primary carrier of programming related to the Sabres and other Pegula-owned teams, such as the NFL's Buffalo Bills, and continues to carry selected programming from its parent network. There will be no on-air changes in staffing for Sabres telecasts.

On June 27, 2016, Sports Business Daily reported that the NHL had reached a deal in principle with Fox Sports to allow in-market, authenticated online streaming for eligible pay TV subscribers, of regional telecasts for the 12 teams it holds rights to.

Centennial Celebration

On September 27, 2016, the NHL announced plans to celebrate its 100th year with a series of initiatives that began on January 1, 2017 and will span throughout the entire 2017 calendar year (including the first part of the following season, which would be the league's 100th season of play).

They include the NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game on January 1, 2017, documentaries and a daily "Time Capsule" feature across NHL media properties, a "Centennial Truck Tour" with a traveling museum and other activities that will visit each NHL market over the course of the year, a 2017 Winter Classic-themed float during the Tournament of Roses Parade, and the unveilings of the top 100 players during the weekend of the All-Star Game and then the top 100 moments of the league's history during Fall 2017.

To honor the NHL's 100th year, a special anniversary logo was designed, featuring a banner wrapped around the number 100 with the current NHL shield in the foreground. Both the banner and the number 100 are in same silver colour as the NHL shield.

On January 1, 2017, each player began wearing a patch on their jerseys with this emblem. This logo was also put on in-game pucks, on the aforementioned Rose Parade float, and other places.

Coaching Changes

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 2015–16 coach 2016–17 coach Story / Accomplishments
Anaheim Ducks Bruce Boudreau Randy Carlyle Boudreau was fired on April 29, 2016, after losing in the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Boudreau accumulated a 208–104–40 regular season record and a 21–15 playoff record with the Ducks over five seasons. The Ducks won four consecutive Pacific Division titles from 2012–13 to 2015–16. On June 14, 2016, the Ducks announced that Carlyle, the Ducks' coach from 2005 to 2011, would return to the team to become their head coach for the second time; Carlyle had spent most of the interim coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2012 to 2015.
Calgary Flames Bob Hartley Glen Gulutzan Hartley was fired on May 3, 2016, after accumulating a record of 134–135–25 record over four seasons in Calgary. He was fired just one season after winning the Jack Adams Award for Coach of the Year in the 2014–15 season. On June 17, 2016, Gulutzan was named head coach. He was previously the head coach of the Dallas Stars and most recently an assistant coach for the Vancouver Canucks.
Colorado Avalanche Patrick Roy Jared Bednar On August 11, 2016, Roy abruptly resigned from his positions as head coach and vice president of hockey operations in a dispute over Roy's input in personnel decisions. Roy had a record of 130–92–24 over three seasons in Colorado and won a Jack Adams Award after leading the Avalanche to the playoffs in his first season as head coach. Bednar was most recently the head coach of the Calder Cup-winning Lake Erie Monsters.
Minnesota Wild Mike Yeo
John Torchetti*
Bruce Boudreau Yeo began the season as the head coach, but was fired on February 13, 2016, after posting a 23–22–10 record through 55 games. In 4½ seasons with the Wild, he compiled a record of 173–132–44. Yeo was named head coach in waiting for the St. Louis Blues and will serve one season as associate head coach before current head coach Ken Hitchcock retires. Torchetti finished the season with a record of 15–11–1, lost 4–2 to the Dallas Stars in the 2016 First Round, and was dismissed May 7, 2016; Torchetti eventually became an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings. On the same day, Boudreau and the Wild reached an agreement for him to become their next head coach In five seasons with the Ducks, Boudreau accumulated a regular season record of 208–104–40 and a playoff record of 21–15, while winning four consecutive Pacific Division titles from 2012–13 to 2015–16.
Ottawa Senators Dave Cameron Guy Boucher Cameron was fired on April 12, 2016, after accumulating a record of 70–50–17 after 1¾ seasons. The team made the postseason once under his tenure losing to the Montreal Canadiens, 4–2 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Boucher, who had previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2010–13, had spent parts of the last two seasons with SC Bern in Switzerland.
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach Story / Accomplishments
Florida Panthers Gerard Gallant Tom Rowe* Gallant was fired on November 27, 2016, after posting an 11–10–1 record through 22 games this season.

(*) Indicates interim.

Arena Changes

  • This is the Edmonton Oilers' first season at Rogers Place replacing their old arena, Rexall Place. The team played its first regular season home game on October 12, 2016, against the Calgary Flames.
  • It will also be the Detroit Red Wings' final season at Joe Louis Arena before moving into their new arena, Little Caesars Arena, in October 2017 in time for the 2017–18 NHL season.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins' home arena was renamed from "CONSOL Energy Center" to PPG Paints Arena on October 4, 2016, although previous rights owner Consol Energy will remain a corporate sponsor with the Penguins.
  • The Buffalo Sabres' home arena was renamed to KeyBank Center, following KeyCorp's acquisition of previous rights holder First Niagara Bank. This is the fourth name change for the arena since it opened in 1996, all related to bank mergers.

Regular Season

The regular season began on October 12, 2016 and will end on April 9, 2017. The playoffs will begin on April 12, 2017. The schedule was released on June 21, 2016.

Each team will receive a five-day "bye week" and no practices can be held during the time period.

Outdoor Games

Four outdoor games will be played during the 2016–17 season.

The Winnipeg Jets hosted the Heritage Classic against the Edmonton Oilers at Investors Group Field on October 23, 2016. The Oilers won the game, 3–0.

The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Centennial Classic at BMO Field on January 1, 2017, against the Detroit Red Wings.

The game will commemorate the 100th season of the Maple Leafs and NHL as a whole.

The following Monday, January 2, 2017, the St. Louis Blues hosted the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium against the Chicago Blackhawks.

On February 25, 2017, the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field for the Stadium Series game.

All–Star Game

The 62nd NHL All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles at Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Kings, on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

The format will be identical to the 2016 All-Star Game.

Postponed Game

The Detroit Red Wings-Carolina Hurricanes game scheduled for December 19, 2016 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina was postponed due to poor ice conditions.

Standings

Scoring Leaders

Leading Goaltenders

Milestones

First Games

The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2016–17 season, listed with their first team.

Player Team Notability
Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs

Last Games

Major Milestones Reached

  • On October 12, 2016, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews became the first player in the modern era to score four goals in his NHL debut.
  • On October 18, 2016, Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa became the 44th player in league history to score 500 goals.
  • On October 20, 2016, Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr became the third player in league history to score 750 goals.
  • On October 23, 2016, Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise scored his 300th goal.
  • On November 1, 2016, St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester participated in his 1000th NHL game.
  • On November 8, 2016, New York Rangers forward Rick Nash became the 92nd player in league history to score 400 goals.
  • On November 12, 2016, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price became the first goaltender in league history to win his first 10 games of the season.
  • On December 8, 2016, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn scored his 200th goal.
  • On December 10, 2016, Ottawa Senators forward Chris Neil participated in his 1000th NHL game.
  • On December 10, 2016, Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla participated in his 1,500th NHL game becoming the 16th player to do so.
  • On December 11, 2016, Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal scored his 800th point.
  • On December 18, 2016, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella won his 500th game, becoming the first American-born coach with 500 victories.
  • On December 22, 2016, Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 1,888th career point, surpassing Mark Messier to become second in career points.
  • On December 23, 2016, Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan scored his 400th goal and played his 1,500th game with the Coyotes.
  • On December 27, 2016, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin scored his 800th point.
  • On December 29, 2016, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored his 700th point.
  • On December 31, 2016, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 390th career win, surpassing Dominik Hasek to become the all-time wins leader among European-born goaltenders.

Uniforms

Beginning January 1, 2017, all jerseys contain patches of the NHL's centennial emblem, located below the numbers on their sleeves.

  • The Calgary Flames changed alternate jerseys, retiring the script-laden, Western-style alternate used since 2013 in favor of their throwback red uniforms, which had previously been given alternate distinction from 2010 to 2013.
  • The Florida Panthers unveiled a brand new logo and uniform set on June 2, 2016 for the 2016–17 season.
  • The Los Angeles Kings unveiled a special third jersey for their 50th anniversary.
  • The Nashville Predators switched to gold helmets full-time when playing at home.
  • The New York Rangers added a shoulder patch to commemorate their 90th anniversary.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers released a special third jersey for their 50th anniversary. The team had previously unveiled a teaser photo of this jersey, showing the 50th anniversary patch on the right shoulder of the uniform. The numbers on the back and sleeves of this jersey are gold, and the main crest is also outlined in gold. The team has also announced a black Stadium Series jersey with orange detailing for its Stadium Series game against the Penguins.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins return to using black and "Pittsburgh gold" as their primary colors and will debut a new away uniform retiring "Vegas gold" that has been used in at least some capacity since 2000.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled a new logo on February 2, 2016 for the team's centennial season. Their new uniforms were unveiled during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.