The St. Louis Blues have locked down goaltender Jordan Binnington for the next six seasons.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman broke the news first Thursday night that St. Louis was close to a deal with the net minder. TSN’s Pierre Lebrun was the first to reporting that the 27–year–old would be making $6 million AAV over those six seasons.
Minutes later the Blues were the one to jump on Twitter and they announced the deal was done.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 12, 2021
Jordan Binnington Stays Put with Long-Term Extension
Binnington’s claim to fame was his historic rookie season. After a January call-up, Binnington went on a tear with the Blues. By the end of the year, he was leading the NHL in goals-against-average and save percentage, as well as being tied for shutouts. It was a regular season that earned him a second-place Calder Trophy finish, ultimately losing out to Elias Pettersson. Binnington wasn’t done yet, though. With a .914 save percentage, he stormed the Blues to their first Stanley Cup win in franchise history that same postseason; despite only making the league a few months earlier.
Binnington has a 2.69 goals against average and a .908 save percentage with nine wins across 19 starts this season. The Blues currently sit in second place in the West division with 32 points. They are one point behind the Vegas Golden Knights who have three games in hand over the Blues.
With their No. 1 goaltender locked up, the Blues project to have approximately $16 million in cap space if the league salary cap limit remains at a flat $81.5 million.
The Richmond Hill, Ontario native was in the last year of a two–year, $4.4 million contract he signed in 2019.
Binnington was set to become an UFA at the end of this season. He would have joined a free agent class loaded with goaltenders such as: Boston’s Tuukka Rask, Toronto’s Frederik Anderson and Colorado’s Philipp Grubauer.