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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).

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.

League Business

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.

It could increase as much as $3.1 million.

Rule Changes

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.

Coaching Changes

Coaching changes
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.
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.
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach Story / Accomplishments

(*) Indicates interim.

Arena Changes

Regular Season

Heritage Classic

Centennial Classic and Winter Classic

Stadium Series

All-Star Game