The 2016-17 NHL schedule is jam-packed, thanks to a late start because of the World Cup and a bye week for each team.
Back-to-backs and stretches of three games in four days are more common than ever before because of the condensed schedule. The season runs Oct. 12 to April 9, which, at 180 days, is almost a week shorter than 2015-16.
The Dallas Stars will open the season at home on Oct.13 against the Anaheim Ducks. The team will then travel to Colorado to play Oct. 15 against the Colorado Avalanche. The majority of the Stars’ weeknight home games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., however times are subject to change.
This season, the Stars have a five-day break without any games from Feb. 19-23. All NHL teams will have a five-day break in their schedule between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28.
Los Angeles Kings forward Vincent Lecavalier has retired after 17 NHL seasons.
The 36-year-old Lecavalier spent his first 14 NHL seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, winning the Stanley Cup in 2004. He had a disappointing tenure in Philadelphia before joining the Kings in January and declaring that the 2015-16 season would be his last.
Lecavalier was revitalized in Los Angeles, scoring 10 goals and seven assists in 42 games.
Lecavalier scored 949 points in 1,212 regular-season games, including 421 goals.
Sabres: Forward Jimmy Vesey’s shortlist of teams includes Buffalo, though college hockey’s top player is still leaning toward pursuing free agency, the player’s agent tells The Associated Press. Peter Fish provided the update Tuesday, a day after Buffalo acquired Vesey’s rights in a trade with Nashville. Fish intends to meet with the Sabres at the NHL draft this weekend. Though Fish wouldn’t rule out anything, he said it would “be silly” for Vesey to not test the free agent market on Aug. 15.
Lightning: Forward Ryan Callahan has undergone surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip and will be sidelined about five months, which means he will not play for Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.