By Patrick Kelly
After a lull in the season during a three-day break, the St. Louis Blues broke through with news of a massive signing. The Blues announced Thursday night (March 11) they had signed goaltender Jordan Binnington to a six-year, $6 million contract. Included in the deal is a three-year full no-trade clause followed by a modified no-trade clause for the last three years. After the Blues franchise goalie helped win a Stanley Cup, his stellar play since has earned him a long-term deal.
Binnington’s journey to the NHL is truly incredible and it was something he couldn’t help but reflect on Thursday night in a zoom interview, stating that “he has learned a lot about himself over the past few years” where he has had to travel from different leagues and different organizations only to finally get a shot with a team that was near the bottom of the barrel.
Considering Binnington is already a Cup winner and has only backed up that performance since (minus one strange playoff situation), he has earned the money he was given. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong touched on in his interview how they believe Jordan still has room to get better and why would he think differently? With how quickly Jordan vaulted up the ranks once he got going there is no question he still has a lot to learn and a lot he can improve upon.
Moving forward, this is one less headache the Blues have to worry about come free agency, but it now knocks $1.6 million extra off the extra cap space they had to sign players like Jaden Schwartz, Robert Thomas, Vince Dunn, Jordan Kyrou and possibly Mike Hoffman, who becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. Regardless of how the Blues deal with that down the road, they have solidified a solid piece to their puzzle to continue to be one of the top teams in the NHL for quite some time.