Steve Begin Begins A New Life In Dallas

For five years we watched Steve Begin report to work with steel toes and a lunchpail. We watched a guy who earned his money, who toiled as a grinder with the Montreal Canadiens, a plumber, a fourth-liner. But being a plumber and a fourth-liner didn’t mean he wasn’t an important player, although lately he’s been a healthy scratch. The Canadiens simply have too many good young players vying for jobs with the big team. Gregory Stewart, Matt D’Agostini, Kyle Chipchura, and expecially Max Pacioretty have all shown they belong, and unfortunately, Begin’s days became numbered.

Steve Begin gave everything he had with the team. He fought bigger foes, often in a losing cause, went into the corners, crashed nets, and would even score a big goal now and then. He was, and is, a player most teams and coaches would like to have. The only complaint I have is that he would sometimes take poorly-timed penalties. But I appreciate the kind of player Steve Begin is, and I hope he has a long career in the NHL, starting with his brand new team, the Dallas Stars.

The player coming Montreal’s way is 28 year old defenceman Doug Janik, Defencemen are valuable commodities, and even though Janik may play mostly in Hamilton for now, the old adage that you can’t have enough good defencemen holds true. Maybe down the road he’ll become a solid blueliner in Montreal.

What else does Bob Gainey have up his sleeve? Between now and next Wednesday, I’m sure there will be more movement from Montreal. The team needs to get stronger. Have you looked at the standings lately?

5 thoughts on “Steve Begin Begins A New Life In Dallas”

  1. Good luck to Steve in Dallas! I remember one goal specifically that he scored. It was 4 years ago (I think), and the Habs were up 3 – 1 against the Panthers going into the third. They then proceeded to give up three straight goals, a common late game occurence at that time, and were down by one with only about a minute remaining. For whatever reason, Julien decided to put Begin in as the sixth skater, and what do you know, with just 8 seconds left, Stevey crashed the net and banged home the rebound of a Sheldon Souray slapshot to send the game to overtime. The winner was eventually scored on the powerplay by Michael Ryder (why is it that Claude Julien is the only one that could see results from that guy?) but outside after the game the fans reserved their vocal cords for chants of “Stevey! Stevey!” It was really a typical Begin goal, but by doing it in that situation he really showed Habs fans what he meant to the team. I also found that the fact that the coach wanted him out there as the sixth skater sent a message from Julien to the team that nothing was of higher value to him than hard work, a message that this year’s Bruins apparently take seriously. Kudos to Steve Begin, and good luck in Dallas.

  2. I share dave’s sentiments. Whenever I watched Begin I thought of great muckers such as Claude Larose, Jimmy Roberts and, yes, Dougie Risebrough to name a few. And great coaches, notably Bowman, well-understand how essential these guys are to the success of a team. Have we lost sight of this??? (I do know that last year we were the better team with Begin out there banging and battling for us and that the Flyers did luck out.) I only hope that the guys coming up are equal to the task.

  3. Tom- that’s not Gainey’s decision though. Because he was in the minors at the moment of the deal, he has to clear waivers just to report to his new team. If he does clear, which Gainey probably would like, he’ll report to Hamilton for now.

  4. Steve Begin, what can you say but I think you & Jim nailed it . I loved the way he played, reminded me of players from our past! Passion, in your face etc. But as you mentioned DK we have quite alot of young up & comers,just maybe Bob decided to reward him for his always showing up & give him a good shot in another division. If our team brought to the table every game as he did we would’nt be in the situation we’re in now !
    Lets hope this W/E & the remaining games we play up to our potential !
    Cheers from the East GO HABS GO !!!!

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