I'm personally of the opinion that goons are great but not necessarily important in the larger scheme of hockey. I love watching to giant dudes hitting each other in the face, but at the end of the day I'm going to want a guy who can shoot and pass on my bench. It is probably smarter for the Kings to not play Ivanans in a game against someone like the Ducks or Coytoes because they'll have one additional skater while they're wasting a spot on George Parros and Chris McGratton. It's what the Wings do and it seems like a good idea.
I think that ultimately Ivanans and Kyle Calder are going to rotate playing time this season, with Ivanans in against divisional opponents and Calder in when the team wants to roll 4 lines. Ivanans should play ~60 games, about 10 less than he played last year. What do you think, how many games should a goon in general play? Is Ivanans necessary?