Bruins fans had a good reason to want to lock him up
— YP🎺 (@YoungPageviews) June 14, 2019
- Don’t worry Blues Fans !
- Jordan didn’t get arrested for real.
- In fact, he’s about to get a pretty significant raise.
- Binnington’s pedestrian .914 playoff save percentage and 2.46 goals-against average doesn’t quite do his post-season performance justice.
“He’s going to earn a big pay raise this summer and we’re looking forward to paying him.”
- That isn’t something you’ll hear many sports executives exclaim publicly, but that’s exactly what St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said of Jordan Binnington one day after the rookie goaltender led the team to its first Stanley Cup championship.
- The 25-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native stopped 32 of 33 shots Wednesday and had a shutout going until Matt Grzelcyk went bar down on a futile goal with 2:10 remaining in the third period.
- Binnington, a pending restricted free agent with arbitration rights, is a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie alongside Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson and Buffalo Sabres blue-liner Rasmus Dahlin.
- While he may not be the favourite to win that trophy, his spot as a Calder finalist is made all the more impressive when you consider he didn’t make his first start until Jan. 7.
- Binnington earned a 25-save shutout over the Philadelphia Flyers that night and carried that momentum all the way through to hoisting the Cup.
“The first game he gets a shutout in Philly and you’re hoping,” general manager Doug Armstrong said. “You keep watching and wondering, ‘Is this real?’ Water usually finds its level. Well, his water level is very high. I would say you’re into mid-February and March and he’s a rock of our team. … He’s a well-deserving champion.”
In the biggest game of his career, Jordan Binnington stopped 32 of 33 shots to set an NHL rookie record with his 16th win.@binnnasty is the fourth rookie in NHL history to win #Game7 of the #StanleyCup Final. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Mpxkl1L6Dh
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 13, 2019