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Binnington avoids arbitration, agrees to two-year deal

Blues goaltender will sign a two-year contract with an annual average value of $4.4 million

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Jordan Binnington has agreed to a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues worth an annual average value of $4.4 million.

Binnington, a restricted free agent, avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to the deal on Saturday.

His arbitration date had been set for July 20 in Toronto.

"I'm happy to get this deal done with the St. Louis Blues," Binnington told "To the city of St. Louis, thank you for welcoming me in and trusting me to do me. I'm excited and motivated to keep doing my job and keep bringing success to the St. Louis Blues organization."

"We are pleased to have Jordan signed for two more years," added Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong. "His play was outstanding and we look forward to seeing him continue to be a major contributor for our team."

Binnington made his first career start on Jan. 7 in Philadelphia, where he posted a 25-save shutout in a 3-0 Blues' victory. Since then, the rookie goaltender went 24-5-1 in the regular season with a 1.89 goals-against average, a .927 save-percentage and five shutouts.

But his success didn't stop there.

In 26 Stanley Cup Playoffs games, Binnington went 16-10 with a 2.46 goals-against average, a .914 save-percentage and one shutout, becoming the first goaltender in the Blues' 52-year history to capture a Stanley Cup for the franchise.

Binnington also became the first rookie goaltender in League history to record 16 wins in a single postseason, besting the previous record of 15 set by four goaltenders: Patrick Roy, Ron Hextall, Matt Murray and Cam Ward.

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