Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed center Steve Bégin to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
The 31-year-old Bégin is a veteran of 409 NHL regular season games and has tallied 47 goals, 39 assists and 482 penalty minutes in his NHL career. He has also notched four assists in 23 career playoff games, all with the Montreal Canadiens.
He finished the 2008-09 season with the Dallas Stars, after being traded from Montreal on February 26, 2009 in exchange for Doug Janik. In 62 games last year split between the Canadiens and the Stars, Begin notched 7-5=12 totals.
Bégin was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the second round (40th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-0, 192-pound native of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec made his NHL debut on January 10, 1997 as a member of the Flames. He played portions of five seasons with Calgary before being traded with Chris Drury to the Buffalo Sabres for Rhett Warrener and Steven Reinprecht on July 3, 2003. Bégin was claimed off waivers by the Canadiens on October 3, 2003 before playing a game for Buffalo and spent the next four-plus seasons with the Habs.
As a member of the Canadiens, he skated in 226 regular season games and 23 playoff games, with 35-31=66 totals. He tallied career highs in games played, goals and assists during the 2005-06 season with 11-12=23 totals in 76 games played while playing under current Bruins head coach Claude Julien.