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10-30-2003, 05:56 PM
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What can I say, where to start? Begin is the type of player the Habs have sorely lacked over the past years. When he steps on the ice he brings determination, gritiness and poise. He gets the puck in deep and bangs away, not to mention his impressive defensive awareness. Nothing but good things to say. He knows his role and plays it to perfection. All this and I still haven't talked about all the intangibles he brings like face-offs and his leadership (110% every shift). Heads up move by Bob to bring this guy in. Thoughts?

 
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What can I say, where to start? Begin is the type of player the Habs have sorely lacked over the past years. When he steps on the ice he brings determination, gritiness and poise. He gets the puck in deep and bangs away, not to mention his impressive defensive awareness. Nothing but good things to say. He knows his role and plays it to perfection. All this and I still haven't talked about all the intangibles he brings like face-offs and his leadership (110% every shift). Heads up move by Bob to bring this guy in. Thoughts?


I really like the way he finishes his checks. Plus he seems to hit hard. Your right we haven't had a player like him in a while. Lindsay somewhat, but not as good of a hitter for sure. Good move by Gainey.

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What can I say, where to start? Begin is the type of player the Habs have sorely lacked over the past years. When he steps on the ice he brings determination, gritiness and poise. He gets the puck in deep and bangs away, not to mention his impressive defensive awareness. Nothing but good things to say. He knows his role and plays it to perfection. All this and I still haven't talked about all the intangibles he brings like face-offs and his leadership (110% every shift). Heads up move by Bob to bring this guy in. Thoughts?
Mike8 appears to be among his biggest supporters here and made a good call in prognosticating at the time of his being picked up what you are saying now. I think in Calgary, Begin was expected by some to do too much and be something he was/is not - can't really blame those fans for that, what with the sad sack team they had and all, they really needed some heroes to lean on. But the guy is doing a very good job of playing the role he's been given here. I hope he keeps it up.

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Your right we haven't had a player like him in a while. Lindsay somewhat, but not as good of a hitter for sure. Good move by Gainey.
Good point. He's a huge improvement over Lindsay, plus he's only 25!

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Good point. He's a huge improvement over Lindsay, plus he's only 25!
Ward and Begin form a great duo.... IMO...

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I love his grit and energy he brings to the team.

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I really like the way he finishes his checks. Plus he seems to hit hard. Your right we haven't had a player like him in a while. Lindsay somewhat, but not as good of a hitter for sure. Good move by Gainey.
Agreed, he brings toughness, energy and grit....which will definately help in securing a playoff berth.

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I like his defensive play a lot too. He's not afraid to take the body even if he's not the biggest player in the team. Last night against Boston, with 2 minutes left in the 3rd, Julien sent his line out. That's saying a lot.

I would see him on the Third line with Bulis and Juneau when Kilger comes back. The put Kilger, Ward and Langdon as a big energy giving 4th line.

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I will join the chorus. I like him too. The hit of Spezza was a real hi-light! He came to the defense of a team mate and knocked Spezza right off his feet. That is team spirit.

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It's a pleasure watching a player of his size play with intensity every shift. Hopefully it will continue and rub off on a few of his teamates.

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In an article in yesterday's Gazette, CJ mentioned that you don't have to be big to play big. Begin is that prototypical player that plays much bigger than his actual stature. This guy could easily move into that checking line centre or LW role at any time. CJ is actually using him and his line as the second checking line anyway. That is a rare luxury that most teams don't have (ie, the ability to effectively shut down two scoring lines). I really admire this guy's energy and effort out there, nice pick Bo.

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It's a pleasure watching a player of his size play with intensity every shift. Hopefully it will continue and rub off on a few of his teamates.
I sure hope so......in a physical eastern conference, our team will have to play more physical as a whole

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The Bruins announcer was saying that with Zamuner back, the Bruins have the best 4th line in the league... I beg to differ.

Our 4th line was clearly the best line on the ice last night, period. The 700 Pound Line didn't do squat.

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The Bruins announcer was saying that with Zamuner back, the Bruins have the best 4th line in the league... I beg to differ.

Our 4th line was clearly the best line on the ice last night, period. The 700 Pound Line didn't do squat.
P.J Stock not being in their lineup and instead playing for the Philadelphia Phantoms sure does not help their fourth line either Personally, I take Stock over McCarthy

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Yeah, I was wondering why RDS gave Ribeiro the 3rd star last night... not that he played a bad game, but Begin was probably the best Hab last night. He was hitting everything that moved. Now, hopefully, he keeps playing like this. We seem to get alot of players who are really physical for the first two months with the team then never hit again... Kilger and Rivet are prime examples.

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Yeah, it's hard not to notice the good things Begin brings to the ice each and every shift. I'm sure impressed with him. One question....has he played more as a center, or as a winger in his career?

If Kilger plays center when he returns, maybe Begin could play on his wing. And maybe, just maybe, Begin's consistent efforts could eventually influence Kilger's game. Just think of Kilger playing a Begin-type game night after night.

I say this not knowing how Begin has done on faceoffs. But I also recall reading that Begin considered himself a more effective player on the wing.

Just a thought.

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Have to agree with everything that's been said.

I was also quite pleased when Gainey picked up Begin. We haven't had an agitator like Begin in a long time. Plus he's laying the body, can't ask for anything more than that. Well a goal here and there is certainly a bonus of course.

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Plus he's good with faceoffs. Pretty good ratio!!

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I say this not knowing how Begin has done on faceoffs. But I also recall reading that Begin considered himself a more effective player on the wing.
Here are October's faceoff stats as compiled by Mr Bozo on Habsrus. As you can see, Begin is pretty close behind the best faceoff man in the NHL for the past 4 seasons.

Faceoff %:
Perreault, 101/166 (60.8%)
Bégin, 47/83 (56.6%)
Juneau, 100/192 (52.1%)
Ribeiro, 80/176 (45.5%)

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Here are October's faceoff stats as compiled by Mr Bozo on Habsrus. As you can see, Begin is pretty close behind the best faceoff man in the NHL for the past 4 seasons.

Faceoff %:
Perreault, 101/166 (60.8%)
Bégin, 47/83 (56.6%)
Juneau, 100/192 (52.1%)
Ribeiro, 80/176 (45.5%)
Time to trade Perreault then..........just kidding.

Thanks NWT.

Kilger/Begin/Ward sound good to anybody?

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Time to trade Perreault then..........just kidding.

Thanks NWT.

Kilger/Begin/Ward sound good to anybody?
Great 4th line, energy toughness and defensive awareness

But where to put Langdon then?

BG must make a trade soon to free some spots in the line-up!

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Great 4th line, energy toughness and defensive awareness

But where to put Langdon then?

BG must make a trade soon to free some spots in the line-up!
Yeah, Langdon's presence will be needed some nights. He hasn't played every game in recent seasons, but 50 + games for sure. Not sure how to address that. He can dress against teams where we know things could gat nasty.

With Koivu and Kilger set to return soon, there will be a surplus of players. Minor moves, demotions etc, will be forthcoming. Getting back to Begin, he won't be one of the players moved, the way he's playing right now.

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I haven't had a chance to see many games this past week. i had school, then work right after school, a dance, and halloween, then my tv went on me.
But I like what i've seen from this guy. He really brings a physical presence to the team, and shows that he can still play hockey, and play well.
Any guesses on who gets moved once Koivu, Kilger, and Langdon come off the IR?
Or do you just want to make guesses on what the moves will be? (demotions, 2 for 1's, 1 for picks, etc.)

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