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Stars acquire Begin from Canadiens for Janik

Thursday, 02.26.2009 / 4:55 PM / 2009 Trade Deadline

By Compiled By - NHL.com Staff

The Dallas Stars have acquired forward Steve Begin from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Doug Janik.

Begin, 6-foot, 192 pounds, appeared in 42 games for the Canadiens this season, scoring 6 goals and 4 assists. He was minus-5 and had 27 penalty minutes. Begin is a high-energy player who will add depth to the Dallas roster and supply a spark when called upon.

He was originally drafted in the second round of the 1996 Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames and in 389 career games with the Flames and Canadiens has scored 46 goals and 38 assists, is a career minus-9 and has 467 total penalty minutes.

In Janik, the Canadiens receive a 6-2, 211 pound defenseman who was originally selected in the second round of the 1999 Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

Janik has played in 13 games with the Stars this season, picking up a single assist while going minus-2 with two penalty minutes.

In 159 NHL games, Janik has scored 3 goals and 13 assists, gone minus-15 and has picked up 121 penalty minutes for the Sabres, Lightning and Stars.
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