|2016–17 NHL season|
The NHL's centennial logo
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 12, 2016 – June 11, 2017|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||30|
|Top draft pick||Auston Matthews|
|Picked by||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Presidents' Trophy||Washington Capitals|
|Season MVP||Connor McDavid (Oilers)|
|Top scorer||Connor McDavid (Oilers)|
|Eastern champions||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Eastern runners-up||Ottawa Senators|
|Western champions||Nashville Predators|
|Western runners-up||Anaheim Ducks|
|Conn Smythe Trophy||Sidney Crosby (Penguins)|
The 2016–17 NHL season was the 100th season of operation (99th season of play) of the National Hockey League. Thirty teams were competing in an 82-game regular season from October 12, 2016, to April 9, 2017. The 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs began on April 12 and concluded on June 11, with the Pittsburgh Penguins winning the Stanley Cup over the Nashville Predators in six games. On June 11, the Pittsburgh Penguins became the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997–98, winning the franchise's fifth Stanley Cup and their third in nine seasons.
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, and that it could increase as much as $3.1 million. It was eventually set at $73.1 million.
No major rule changes were implemented this season.
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, who were set to begin play in the 2017–18 season.
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. Alongside HNIC, MacLean continues to host the travelling, 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, which saw the establishment of a joint venture known as MSG Western New York—an expansion of MSG's existing regional feed for the Sabres' market which contains additional team-produced programming for the Sabres and their sister NFL team, the Buffalo Bills. There were 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 NHL games on Fox Sports Networks via the Fox Sports Go service.
On September 27, 2016, the NHL announced that it would organize a series of initiatives and events throughout 2017 to mark the league's 100th year of operations, and the upcoming 2017–18 season, which will be the NHL's 100th season of play. The campaign began with the NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game on January 1, 2017, and will continue throughout the calendar year, including 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 appearing during the Tournament of Roses Parade, and the unveiling of the top 100 players during the weekend of the All-Star Game, and the top 100 moments of the league's history later in the year.
A centennial emblem was designed, which features 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. Since January 1, this emblem has been featured on all game pucks, and as shoulder patches on all jerseys.
The centennial campaign extends into the following 2017–18 season. On March 17, 2017, the NHL announced that the Ottawa Senators would host an outdoor game against the Montreal Canadiens, the NHL 100 Classic, at TD Place Stadium on December 16, 2017.
|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
|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 First Round. 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.|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach||Story / Accomplishments|
|Boston Bruins||Claude Julien||Bruce Cassidy*||Julien was fired on February 7, 2017, after posting a 26–23–6 record through 55 games this season. He was the longest tenured coach for one team at the time, serving with the Bruins since the start of the 2007–08 season. He left with a record of 419–246–94 over nine regular seasons, winning the Northeast/Atlantic Division title four times and the Presidents' Trophy once. The team made the postseason every year except 2015 and 2016 under his tenure, accumulating a 57–40 record and winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and going to the Final in 2013. Bruce Cassidy, who was serving as the assistant coach, and previously was head coach to the Bruins' AHL affiliate, stepped in to the fill the spot as interim head coach. Cassidy lead the Bruins to an 18–8–1 record through their remaining regular season games to get the Bruins into the playoffs for the first time since 2014.|
|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. He served as the head coach since the start of the 2014–15 season. He left with a record of 96–65–25 in 186 games. The team made the postseason once during his tenure, winning the Atlantic Division with a 47–26–9 record, but went 2–4 during the playoffs. Tom Rowe, former coach of the Portland Pirates, the AHL affiliate of the Panthers, and general manager of the Panthers at the time, stepped in to fill the spot as interim head coach.|
|Montreal Canadiens||Michel Therrien||Claude Julien||Therrien was fired by the Canadiens on February 14, 2017, after a 1–5–1 record in February. Therrien led the team to a 31–19–8 record on the season (which was good for first in the Atlantic Division at the time) and a 165–107–32 record since taking over in 2012. In his second season, the Canadiens made it to the Eastern Conference Final. He was replaced by former Bruins coach Claude Julien, who before his firing on February 7, was the longest tenured head coach in the NHL. He won the Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Boston Bruins. Ironically, in Michel Therrien's first tenure with Montreal, he was also replaced by Claude Julien.|
|New York Islanders||Jack Capuano||Doug Weight*||Capuano was fired on January 17, 2017, after posting a 17–17–8 record through 42 games this season. He served as the head coach since the middle of the 2010–11 season. He left with a 227–192–64 record throughout the regular season. The Islanders made the playoffs three times under his tenure going 10–14 going as far as the second round in 2016. Doug Weight who was serving as the assistant manager, stepped in to fill the spot as interim head coach.|
|St. Louis Blues||Ken Hitchcock||Mike Yeo||Hitchcock was fired on February 1, 2017, after posting a 24–21–5 record through 50 games this season. He served as the head coach since November 2011 during the 2011–12 season. He left with a record of 248–124–41 over five regular seasons. The team made the postseason during every season of his tenure going 20–27, making it as far as the Western Conference Final during the previous season. Mike Yeo, who was fired by the Minnesota Wild the previous season, and would have been the head coach starting the 2017–18 season, was promoted from his position of associate coach.|
(*) Indicates interim.
The regular season began on October 12, 2016, and ended on April 9, 2017. The playoffs began on April 12, 2017, and ended on June 11, 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.
Four outdoor games were played during the 2016–17 season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Centennial Classic at BMO Field on January 1, 2017, against the Detroit Red Wings. The game commemorated 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.
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. The game was rescheduled for March 27, 2017. This resulted in the two teams playing in Raleigh on consecutive nights, as they were already scheduled to play each other on March 28, and caused Detroit to play games on three consecutive nights.
The Winnipeg Jets – New Jersey Devils game scheduled for March 14, 2017, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, was postponed due to the effects of the March 2017 nor'easter. The game was rescheduled for March 28. This resulted in both teams forfeiting a three-day break from March 27 to 29.
|1||p – Washington Capitals||82||55||19||8||53||263||182||+81||118|
|2||x – Pittsburgh Penguins||82||50||21||11||46||282||234||+48||111|
|3||x – Columbus Blue Jackets||82||50||24||8||47||249||195||+54||108|
|1||y – Montreal Canadiens||82||47||26||9||44||226||200||+26||103|
|2||x – Ottawa Senators||82||44||28||10||38||212||214||−2||98|
|3||x – Boston Bruins||82||44||31||7||42||234||212||+22||95|
|1||ME||x – New York Rangers||82||48||28||6||45||256||220||+36||102|
|2||AT||x – Toronto Maple Leafs||82||40||27||15||39||251||242||+9||95|
|3||ME||New York Islanders||82||41||29||12||39||241||242||−1||94|
|4||AT||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||42||30||10||38||234||227||+7||94|
|8||AT||Detroit Red Wings||82||33||36||13||24||207||244||−37||79|
|10||ME||New Jersey Devils||82||28||40||14||25||183||244||−61||70|
|1||z – Chicago Blackhawks||82||50||23||9||46||244||213||+31||109|
|2||x – Minnesota Wild||82||49||25||8||46||266||208||+58||106|
|3||x – St. Louis Blues||82||46||29||7||44||235||218||+17||99|
|1||y – Anaheim Ducks||82||46||23||13||43||223||200||+23||105|
|2||x – Edmonton Oilers||82||47||26||9||43||247||212||+35||103|
|3||x – San Jose Sharks||82||46||29||7||44||221||201||+20||99|
|1||PA||x – Calgary Flames||82||45||33||4||41||226||221||+5||94|
|2||CE||x – Nashville Predators||82||41||29||12||39||240||224||+16||94|
|4||PA||Los Angeles Kings||82||39||35||8||37||201||205||−4||86|
1. Fewer number of games played.
2. Greater Regulation + OT Wins (ROW)
3. Greatest number of points earned in head-to-head play (If teams played an unequal # of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded.)
4. Greater Goal differential
In each round, teams compete in a best-of-seven series following a 2–2–1–1–1 format (scores in the bracket indicate the number of games won in each best-of-seven series). The team with home ice advantage plays at home for games one and two (and games five and seven, if necessary), and the other team is at home for games three and four (and game six, if necessary). The top three teams in each division make the playoffs, along with two wild cards in each conference, for a total of eight teams from each conference.
In the First Round, the lower seeded wild card in the conference plays against the division winner with the best record while the other wild card plays against the other division winner, and both wild cards are de facto #4 seeds. The other series match the second and third place teams from the divisions. In the first two rounds, home ice advantage is awarded to the team with the better seed; in the last two rounds, it is awarded to the team that had the better regular season record.
|First Round||Second Round||Conference Finals||Stanley Cup Finals|
The following players led the league in regular season points at the conclusion of games played on April 9, 2017.
|Connor McDavid||Edmonton Oilers||82||30||70||100||+27||26|
|Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||75||44||45||89||+17||24|
|Patrick Kane||Chicago Blackhawks||82||34||55||89||+11||32|
|Nicklas Backstrom||Washington Capitals||82||23||63||86||+17||38|
|Nikita Kucherov||Tampa Bay Lightning||74||40||45||85||+13||38|
|Brad Marchand||Boston Bruins||80||39||46||85||+18||81|
|Mark Scheifele||Winnipeg Jets||79||32||50||82||+18||38|
|Leon Draisaitl||Edmonton Oilers||82||29||48||77||+7||20|
|Brent Burns||San Jose Sharks||82||29||47||76||+19||40|
|Vladimir Tarasenko||St. Louis Blues||82||39||36||75||–1||12|
|Sergei Bobrovsky||Columbus Blue Jackets||63||3707:04||41||17||5||127||7||.931||2.06|
|Braden Holtby||Washington Capitals||63||3680:10||42||13||6||127||9||.925||2.07|
|Peter Budaj||Los Angeles/Tampa Bay||60||3308:16||30||21||3||120||7||.915||2.18|
|John Gibson||Anaheim Ducks||52||2950:21||25||16||9||109||6||.924||2.22|
|Carey Price||Montreal Canadiens||62||3708:08||37||20||5||138||3||.923||2.23|
|Tuukka Rask||Boston Bruins||65||3679:30||37||20||5||137||8||.915||2.23|
|Devan Dubnyk||Minnesota Wild||65||3758:00||40||19||5||141||5||.923||2.25|
|Craig Anderson||Ottawa Senators||40||2421:14||25||11||4||92||5||.926||2.28|
|Cam Talbot||Edmonton Oilers||73||4294:00||42||22||8||171||7||.919||2.39|
|Martin Jones||San Jose Sharks||65||3800:21||35||23||6||152||2||.912||2.40|
Awards were presented at the NHL Awards ceremony, to be held following the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. Finalists for voted awards are announced during the playoffs and winners are presented at the award ceremony. Voting will conclude immediately after the end of the regular season. The Presidents' Trophy, the Prince of Wales Trophy and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl are not presented at the awards ceremony. The Lester Patrick Trophy is announced during the summer and presented in the fall.
|Stanley Cup||Pittsburgh Penguins||Nashville Predators|
(Best regular season record)
|Washington Capitals||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Prince of Wales Trophy
(Eastern Conference champion)
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Ottawa Senators|
|Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Western Conference champion)
|Nashville Predators||Anaheim Ducks|
|Art Ross Trophy
(Player with most points)
|Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)||Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)|
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
|Craig Anderson (Ottawa Senators)||Andrew Cogliano (Anaheim Ducks)|
Derek Ryan (Carolina Hurricanes)
|Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
|Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs)||Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets)|
Zach Werenski (Columbus Blue Jackets)
|Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
|Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)||N/A|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy
|Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)||Ryan Kesler (Anaheim Ducks)|
Mikko Koivu (Minnesota Wild)
|Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
|Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)||Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets)|
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
|Jack Adams Award
|John Tortorella (Columbus Blue Jackets)||Mike Babcock (Toronto Maple Leafs)|
Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers)
|James Norris Memorial Trophy
|Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)||Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning)|
Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)
|King Clancy Memorial Trophy
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
|Nick Foligno (Columbus Blue Jackets)|
|Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
|Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames)||Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild)|
Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues)
|Ted Lindsay Award
|Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)||Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)|
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
|Mark Messier Leadership Award
(Leadership and community activities)
|Nick Foligno (Columbus Blue Jackets)||Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)|
Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames)
|Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
|Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)||Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning)|
Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs)
|NHL Foundation Player Award
(Award for community enrichment)
|Travis Hamonic (New York Islanders)||Wayne Simmonds (Philadelphia Flyers)|
|NHL General Manager of the Year Award
(Top general manager)
|David Poile (Nashville Predators)||Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers)|
Pierre Dorion (Ottawa Senators)
|Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets)||Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)|
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
|William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
|Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)||Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets)|
|Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
|Peter Lindberg and Dave Ogrean||N/A|
|Position||First Team||Second Team||Position||All-Rookie|
|G||Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets||Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals||G||Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins|
|D||Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators||Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning||D||Brady Skjei, New York Rangers|
|D||Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks||Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks||D||Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets|
|C||Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers||Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins||F||Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs|
|RW||Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks||Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning||F||Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets|
|LW||Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins||Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks||F||Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs|
The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2016–17 season, listed with their first team.
|Auston Matthews||Toronto Maple Leafs||First overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Calder Memorial Trophy winner|
|Mathew Barzal||New York Islanders||Calder Memorial Trophy winner (2018)|
The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2016–17, listed with their team:
|Brian Campbell||Chicago Blackhawks||Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner, over 1,000 games played|
|Shane Doan||Arizona Coyotes||2-time NHL All-Star, King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner, Mark Messier Leadership Award winner, over 1,500 games played, the last active player to have been a member of the original Winnipeg Jets|
|Marian Hossa||Chicago Blackhawks||5-time NHL All-Star, over 1,300 games played|
|Jarome Iginla||Los Angeles Kings||Art Ross Trophy winner, Lester B. Pearson Trophy winner, King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner, Mark Messier Leadership Award winner, 2-time Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner, 6-time NHL All-Star, over 1,500 games played|
|Chris Neil||Ottawa Senators||Over 1,000 games played|
|Mike Ribeiro||Nashville Predators||Over 1,000 games played|