Thu, Mar 11, 2021
By Jim Vassallo (Veri.bet Writer)
St. Louis has signed goaltender Jordan Binnington to a six-year contract extension worth $36 million. The deal is worth $6 million per year, which is an increase from the $4.4 million per season Binnington is making right now.
The contract term and cap hit are in line with the one goaltender Jakob Markstrom signed with the Calgary Flames prior to last season. Markstrom was the most coveted goaltender on the open market when he signed with the Flames.
The contract for Binnington includes trade protection for the length of the deal as well as a full no-trade clause for the first three years.
"I'm grateful and I'm very proud," Binnington said during a video conference call with reporters. "We have a special team here, a great core, veteran group and young talent, and all the above. I'm happy it worked out. I like to set short-term goals that kind of in the end hopefully turn into big goals. I want to make the city proud. I want to continue to make my family proud and just keep pushing myself to be the best athlete and person I can be. That's what keeps you alive."
This is Binnington’s third season with the Blues. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent once the 2020-2021 season came to an end. Binnington’s numbers include a 63-24-11 overall record, a 2.38 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage, and eight shutouts in 102 regular-season games played.
For the 2020-2021 season, Binnington is 9-6-3 in 19 starts with a .908 save percentage and a 2.69 goals-against average.
Binnington was a big reason why the Blues won the Stanley Cup in his first season in the league. He helped the Blues go from last place in the conference to league champions in just one year. The 2018-2019 Stanley Cup title was the first in the Blues’ long history.
In that championship season, Binnington went 24-5-1 during the regular season. He then won game seven on the road in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins.
Following the championship season, Binnington signed a bridge deal for two years and $8.8 million with St. Louis. The bridge contract helped St. Louis determine that Binnington was the answer as their long-term goaltender and not just a one-year wonder.
The contract extension keeps Binnington in St. Louis through the 2026-2027 season.
"I'm not looking to kind of crush the bank,'' Binnington said. "It's not all about money to me. At the end of the day, I think what you look back on and you feel in your heart is the memories made and competing and being successful and going through tough times and getting out of them and being there for your teammates. We've got a good, respected group here, and I'm excited.''
If you haven’t yet, it’s time to bet on the Blues. St. Louis is 14-8-4, good for 32 points. The Blues are just one point behind West Division leaders the Vegas Golden Knights.