On Wednesday, Blues goalie Jordan Binnington was in Los Angeles for the ESPY awards. On Thursday he celebrated his twenty-sixth birthday. On Friday, he had his day with the Stanley Cup at his home in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
On Saturday, he agreed to a new contract with the Blues.
Binnington, whose rapid promotion to the Blues goal saved his season and took them to the franchise's first Stanley Cup, signed a two-year contract with the Blues with an average annual value of $ 4.4 million. When the contract is exhausted, Binnington will be a free agent without restrictions.
Last season, the Binnington contract paid him only $ 650,000 while he was in the NHL, $ 100,000 while he was in the AHL, where he was halfway through the season.
"I'm happy to have made this deal with the St. Louis Blues," Binnington told stlouisblues.com. "To the city of St. Louis, thank you for welcoming me and trusting me to do it. I am excited and motivated to continue doing my job and continue to bring success to the St. Louis Blues organization. "
"We are pleased that Jordan has signed for two more years," said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. "His game was outstanding and we hope he will continue to be an important contributor to our team."
As a restricted free agent, there was no doubt that Binnington would return with the Blues. The main question was how his contract would look, which was a bit mysterious. Binnington, who was going to have an arbitration hearing next Saturday, had only 33 games of the NHL regular season experience, but it was 33 games. He led the NHL in average goals against 1.89 and was fourth in the percentage of savings in .927. He had five shutouts and a record of 24-5-1. He was a finalist for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and was chosen as goalkeeper in the team of all rookies.
And that was just the regular season. In the playoffs, he went from 16-10: he was the first rookie goalkeeper to win 16 postseason games, with an average of 2.46 goals against, a save percentage of .914 and a shutout. He was runner-up of Ryan O & # 39; Reilly for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason Most Valuable Player.
While their numbers were great, there simply were not many of them. By signing a two-year contract, Binnington is paid well (he will earn $ 50,000 more per year than Jake Allen, the goalkeeper he took the starting spot) and can really charge if his next two seasons are up to his first .
Sergei Bobrovsky, who had a GAA savings percentage of 2.58 and an average of .913 last season, signed for $ 10 million a year as a free agent with Florida and Robin Lehner, who was third in GAA with 2.13 and second in the game. percentage of savings with .930, signed a one-year contract for $ 5 million with Chicago. Both goalkeepers have significantly longer NHL careers than Binnington, who made his first NHL start on January 7.
The firm leaves the Blues with four restricted free agents without signing: forward Oskar Sundqvist, defender Joel Edmundson and goalkeeper Ville Husso, who have arbitration hearings, and forward Ivan Barbashev, who was not eligible for arbitration. According to capfriendly.com, the Blues have approximately $ 8 million left in salary cap space.