More control over TOI. Right now, the amount of PP/PK is skewing ice time heavily to the top 4/top 2 lines. However, I don't have a real option to play the 3rd line a little more or something immediately after 3 consecutive powerplays, or to opt for a 3rd PP unit, etc...
As mentioned in another thread, control over zone starts.
More flexible contract negotiations. Adding extra years and compensating with more money should mean something to a player who wants a short term bridge deal.
From a statistical standpoint:
- historical shootout results for individual skaters/goalies