Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli was originally going to wait until later tonight, but after seeing TSN reported the deal, he announced Steve Begin has been signed to a one-year deal.
Last season Begin skated in 62 games for Montreal and Dallas and posted 7-5-12 totals. But around here, he’s more famous for his crosscheck to the back of center Marc Savard toward the end of the 2007-08 season that severely limited Savard’s effectiveness in the seven-game playoff series in the spring of ’08.
“Players are good. It might take them a little bit of time to get over it, but once they’re off the ice, they jell pretty quickly,” said Chiarelli. “I don’t see any problems there.”Heck, if Andrew Alberts could play with Scott Hartnell, anything is possible, right?
Chiarelli said that Begin effectively replaces center Stephane Yelle on the roster and that the Bruins will not pursue a contract with the unrestricted free agent pivot.
“(Begin’s) a real physical guy,” Chiarelli said. “He’s not huge, but he’s big enough. He’s 6-foot, 200 pounds and he makes up for it the way he plays. He has a history with (head coach) Claude (Julien). He’s just a tremendous competitor.”
As for the other Boston UFAs, Chiarelli said that winger P.J. Axelsson is going to test the market and then might give Boston a chance to retain him. Winger Mark Recchi is still a possibility as well.