The 2016–17 NHL season will be the 100th season of operation (99th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Thirty teams will compete in 82-game regular season from October 12, 2016 to April 9, 2017.
The 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs will then begin on April 12th and last until mid-June.
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.
It could increase as much as $3.1 million.
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.