Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: Binnington Finally Gets the Call

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: Binnington Finally Gets the Call

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It's been more than seven years since the Blues drafted goalie Jordan Binnington in 2011, and for the first time, he's in the NHL not because another goalie got hurt.

Binnington's play in San Antonio, where he's among the league leaders in goals-against average (2.34) and save percentage (.914), apparently encouraged the Blues to change their backup goalie, calling up Binnington on Sunday while putting Chad Johnson, the veteran backup signed as a free agent in the offseason for $1.75 million, on waivers to send him to the AHL.

"I think a couple years ago, it was in the summer and I sat back and saw where I was and I didn't like where I was," he said Monday. "I just wanted to prove to myself and for my family that to live up to my potential, I believed in myself so, yeah, it's been an ongoing process."

Binnington, in his sixth season in the minors, has played 13 minutes in the NHL. They came on Jan. 14, 2016, when he relieved Brian Elliott in a 4-1 loss to Carolina. At the time, Binnington was called up because Jake Allen was hurt. Last season, he was briefly called up when Carter Hutton was hurt, but never got in a game.

Binnington had slipped behind Ville Husso on the organizational depth chart, and last year was loaned out to the Bruins' farm team in Providence because he couldn't get ice time otherwise with the Blues not having a farm team. With Binnington and Husso going head to head this season, Binnington has emerged on top. Husso has a 3.45 GAA and a .881 save percentage.

"It seems like for whatever reason we played better hockey in front of Binner," said defenseman Chris Butler, who was the captain at San Antonio before his call up. "I couldn't tell you why but he seems to be the guy getting wins down there and is deserving of the chance."

"He's an intense guy and he's definitely a competitor," said forward Jordan Nolan, another San Antonio player now with the Blues and who like other members of the Rampage recall fondly Binnington taking a stick to the back of an opponent's leg after giving up a goal this season. …

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