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Begin a Bruin now

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  July 1, 2009 07:03 PM

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Steve Begin has traded in the CH for the spoked-B. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

Two seasons ago, Steve Begin took a stick to Marc Savard's back. Last season, he absorbed a pounding from Shawn Thornton during training camp as payback. But that's all history now.

"It's hockey," said Begin. "One day you play for one team. Another day you play for another team. It's part of the game. In all those years I played against Boston in the playoffs, a lot of things happened. I'm going to be on the right side now."

Begin played for Claude Julien in Montreal. Begin didn't have as much luck under Guy Carbonneau and was shipped to Dallas last season.

"He listens to the players and he knows how to play you and how to use you," Begin said. "Look at [Michael] Ryder. A year ago in Montreal, people thought he was done. Now he's playing for Claude and he had his best season last year. That's what it's like with Claude. He gave me a lot of ice time. He played me a lot. The most important thing is he listens to the players and gets the best out of you."

ANALYSIS: Begin is a character player who will fill every role asked of him. Isn't afraid of anybody. Not the best fighter but is willing to drop the gloves. Because of his on-the-edge game, is always at risk for bumps and bruises. Will give the Bruins depth at the bottom of the forward corps. Good fit with the Bruins.

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