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Jordan Binnington Agrees To Terms With The St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUISJordan Binnington has agreed to a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues worth an annual average value of $4.4 million.

Binnington, a restricted free agent, avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to the deal on Saturday.

His arbitration date had been set for July 20 in Toronto.

"I'm happy to get this deal done with the St. Louis Blues," Binnington told stlouisblues.com. "To the city of St. Louis, thank you for welcoming me in and trusting me to do me. I'm excited and motivated to keep doing my job and keep bringing success to the St. Louis Blues organization."

"We are pleased to have Jordan signed for two more years," added Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong. "His play was outstanding and we look forward to seeing him continue to be a major contributor for our team."

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Jordan Binnington Knows He Needs To Be Better In Game 4

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Jordan Binnington couldn't help himself.

The frustration of the St. Louis Blues goalie bubbled over during the first television time out of the second period in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on Saturday. As Binnington skated past Tuukka Rask on his way to the bench, he bumped the Boston Bruins goalie.

"It was a 4-0 game. I wasn't happy. It's how I reacted," Binnington said. "It's a long series, right? It's something I did, and we're moving on."

Give Binnington credit. He made no attempt to hide his actions when asked about the incident after the Bruins' 7-2 victory.

He also said his play must improve if the Blues are to keep their championship aspirations alive. The Bruins have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series with Game 4 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

"I've got to be better," Binnington said. "I've got to do a better job giving my team a chance to win."

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The Goalie Matchup

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

“Do I look nervous?”

St. Louis Blue goaltender Jordan Binnington hasn’t just been the story of the season. He also owns the quote of the year since uttering those words in late February.

Truth be told, Binnington said on Sunday, it’s been “a couple years now” since he was last nervous in net.

Unflappable or facade, those nerves will be put to the test on Monday night in Game 1 as Binnington attempts to become the first man to win a Stanley Cup final game in Blues history. Glenn Hall, Jacques Plante and Ernie Wakely all tried before him, but not since 1970.

No pressure.

“Same game, right?” Binnington said, without a hint of tongue-in-cheek.

Binnington will face Boston’s Tuukka Rask in one of the most intriguing goaltending matchups we’ve seen in a Stanley Cup final in years. It’s the leading Conn Smythe candidate against a stone-cold confident rookie.

Both have authored incredible stories. 

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Jordan Binnington Is Ready For The Stanley Cup Final

from Nicholas J. Cotsonkia of NHL.com,

Think this stage is too big for Binnington, who started the season in the minors, has a grand total of 52 games of NHL experience and is living in a hotel in St. Louis? Think he's intimidated by the Boston Bruins, who are scoring 3.35 goals per game in the playoffs, or their goalie Tuukka Rask, who played in the Final in 2013, won the Vezina Trophy in 2014 and leads the playoffs in goals-against average (1.84) and save percentage (.942)?

Well, nothing has been too big for him yet. He has seized opportunities with a calm confidence. This is another one.

"He's faced that type of adversity," said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, the Blues captain. "You know the whole storyline of how he got here and never doubts himself, trusts his ability, trusts his work ethic. That's why he is where he is. That's why he's gotten where he is.

"It's obviously not a traditional route to get to this point, but it's not easy to get to where he is. I think the first three rounds only prepared him for this. And if you want to be successful, you want to kind of have that demeanor, you can't let things affect you. And nothing seems to bother him."

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Jordan Binnington Must Be Good For The Blues To Have A Chance Against The Sharks

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Flash in the pan. Lightning in a bottle. Fifteen minutes of fame.

Some in the hockey world have whispered: Is Blues goalie Jordan Binnington the 2019 version of the Hamburglar? 

They have held their breath, waiting for the moment to declare his Cinderella run dead after watching Andrew Hammond’s spectacular 2015 run with the Ottawa Senators fizzle out, that same form never to be regained again in the NHL.

Well, Binnington’s aura of invincibility was pierced again on Saturday night in the Shark Tank after allowing five goals to open the Western Conference final.

But those holding their breath might soon turn blue in the face. Binnington has been the Bounce Back Kid, responding to his first 10 losses in the NHL with an 8-2-0 record and .934 save percentage.

He’ll have to do it again in Game 2 on Monday night for the Blues to avoid falling into a 2-0 series hole, as St. Louis chases its first Stanley Cup final appearance since 1970.

“He’s been doing that all year,” coach Craig Berube said Sunday. “I think he’s got a calm head. He forgets about it and moves on. It wasn’t a great game for anybody. But you’ve got to move on, learn from it and make some corrections. He’ll do the same thing.”

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All About Jordan Binnington

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

For a few years, the Red Dog had Jordan Binnington by a minute.

“The funniest part was, I played one game. I played 13 minutes,” Greg Redquest, aka the Red Dog, said. “And before this, Binner had only played 12 minutes. So I still had the title.”

Redquest, once Binnington’s goalie coach in junior hockey at Owen Sound and still a good friend, played his one and only NHL game in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1977-78 season. Again, for 13 minutes.

Until this season, Binnington had played only one NHL game — for the St. Louis Blues — during the 2015-16 season. For 12 minutes and change.

So it was a good joke among friends for a while. But as the seasons went by and Binnington stayed in the minors, maybe it became less funny.

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Then in today's world, there is this, my only question is did anyone talk with Binnington?

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