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Jordan Binnington On His Stick Swinging Incident

from Sportsnet,

St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington doesn't regret swinging his stick at Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri during a scrum in NHL action between bitter rivals on Thursday.

"No," he said when asked by a reporter Friday if he regretted the incident. "I don't condone it. It doesn't need to happen. Getting in the scrum was enough, I didn't need to do the stuff after. But stuff happens out there and you learn, and you keep moving forward."

Binnington received a rare 10-minute misconduct along with Kadri on the play, but the penalty was served by forward Robert Bortuzzo....

"No, I'm not crazy," he said. "It's a tense game and it's not part of the modern-day hockey. Maybe back in the olden days, but it is what it is.

"(The stick-swinging was) kind of the heat of the moment. ... I might have taken it a bit too far. I don't want to condone the stick-swinging. Having a guy sit in the box for 10 minutes isn't being a good teammate. I definitely don't want kids out there swinging their sticks. It's an emotional situation, emotions were high and it was a competitive game, and these are big games against a big team."


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Hootinani's avatar

The first part of his answer doesn’t jive with the second part of his answer.

Posted by Hootinani on 10/29/21 at 03:53 PM ET


I get what he’s saying.  He’s not perfect and not the example he wants to set but in the heat of the moment it was what it was.  My guess is he feels regret for losing his bearing but thinks Kadri still deserved it.  Sometimes when people want to play a game of chicken with you, you gotta meet them head on to get them to stop.

Non issue.  Hockey.

Posted by ThatGuy on 10/29/21 at 04:09 PM ET


I’m all for intense, lingering hockey rivalries.

And Kadri’s hit on Faulk was *awful*
Violen, needless, predatory, resulted in an injury…
and Kadri also has a history.

But this is now two Blues players who have fought him,
including Faulk. After Kadri missed…how many playoff games?
And it crossed Binnington’s mind that waving his stick around recklessly
was necessary, too. The hilarious thing is the announcers kept trying to say Binnington is super-tough because he won’t back down from anyone.
No…he’s melted down and pretended he was going to fight a few people.
He hasn’t actually squared off with anyone. Has anyone seen Binnington challenge someone workout his helmet and blocker and stick glued on? I’m not saying his has to. He’s a below average size goalie. He just needs to chill. He’s right about one thing: it’s not the date of Hextell or Billy Smith.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/29/21 at 08:05 PM ET

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