See, I think it should be the other way around though. Play him less at even strength and give him some PP time. I'm not saying make him the teams top D, but offense is what Ozo does and the PP is his best chance to do that. There are some downsides to that though...but I'm just using it to illustrate a point that Renney has showed this type of behavior in the past.
Basically what I was thinking. He can get back into the grove of playing a defensive minded game with his limited ES time. Learn his partner, learn the system and get comfortable on his skates again. He would benefit mentally by not being as fatigued late in games with less ES time and more PP time. I thought we acquired him as a PP QB, and now we aren't really concerned with his offense or pp abilities? Why can't we play guys to their strengths?
Same as in Old NHL. Change did not effect the slap shot from the point. What makes Ozolinch slapshot special is accuracy. You need accurate slapshot not to score (it could only happen by accident, even today's Lundqvist can stop it), but to hit goalie in the pad instead of the chest or catching glove to produce the rebound. Accurate slapshot is an art.
Its OT. But Kim J where the top D for Philly in 03-04, one of the top D's in 05-06, and the top D right now for Minnesota. All three teams did well with him as their top D, Minnesota looks like a world beater right now. He aint a "franchise" D, but a better nr 1 D then Yashin is a nr 1 center.