AHL format or 5 minutes of 3-on-3? Personally, I still think they should go with a two period format, so a long play doesn't end up cutting into 3 on 3 time. I'd like something like the AHL format of 7 minutes total, with a set 4 minutes of 4 on 4 and 3 minutes of 3 on 3 or vice versa.
"The question now is which of two ideas to use: five minutes of 3-on-3 or the American Hockey League format. Starting this season, the AHL went to seven minutes of OT – 4-on-4 until the first whistle after the three-minute mark, then 3-on-3.
The GMs will discuss it with their coaches and players. The competition committee, which includes representatives from the NHL Players’ Association, will discuss it. Ultimately rule changes must be approved by the NHL Board of Governors.
If all the hurdles are cleared, the NHL could have 3-on-3 OT as soon as next season."