When he got his face smashed in after falling into the lip of the boards akwardly at the Bell Centre early in Game 4 of the '04 Boston-series, lost a couple of teeth, went to the dressing room in tremendous pain, but still came out to finish the game wearing a full-shield, I knew this was a player we should never let get away.
Bégin showed us last year that he's not only an agitator, when he was centering the D line he was excelent, he's really reliable on the PK, he's cheap, draws penalties, hits cleanly witch is very rare for a player with that kind of role, what a pick by Gainey!
Montreal has lacked that type of player for a few years now. Begin's speed, hustle and passion for the game was appreciated. In a small way, Begin reminds me of a Doug Risebrough. But, with much less offensive upside. Scoring 10 goals, while playing on the fourth line is pretty good.
Even better when you factor in Begin played 52 games. Had there been an NHL season this past winter. Begin would have missed the first three months recovering from his shoulder injury/surgery. He managed to play about 20 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
A good idea on management's part to get him ready both mentally and physically for a possible 2005-06 season. They did the same with Komisarek.