with every other team in our division sporting a heavyweight (or two in the Oilers) we may get pushed around a lot. I think Richards will get a feel for how the other coaches are going to play us and dress accordingly. Sure Ivanans is a liability out there, but if he has a year like boogaard did against the oilers we're not going to be winning many games missing several roster players for weeks each. With Staubitz out there at least we have the threat of retribution--you crush our Koivu we crush your...whoever.
TL;DR if our division goons it up against us (i believe they will--i would, looking at our roster) Staubitz will see well over half the season.
Russo article on Staubitz and Eric Nystrom. Something that I took away from the article was that Staubitz is still learning the forward position (he played D up until two years ago) and isn't as comfortable with it. That sort of gives the impression that he'll be used more for a fight role than anything given the pest abilities of Clutterbuck and Nystrom.