The NHL and the NHLPA agreed to change this season's All-Star Game to a 3-on-3 format for several reasons.
One of which also reportedly involved extra rest for the players in the 2016-17 schedule.
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported a bye week will be added to team’s schedules for the 2016-17 season.
His detail of the plan is below from ESPN.com.
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The league and the NHLPA have committed to building a "five-day bye week" for each team into the schedule next season. The league will schedule one for each club between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season. Players won’t have to report for practice until