St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington will be heard today for brutalizing Ryan Hartman
The NHL Department of Player Safety announced that St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington will have a hearing today regarding his conduct during the March 15 Blues/Wild game.
During the game in which the Minnesota Wild ended up beating the Blues 8-5, things got a little out of control about halfway through the game.
As Wild forward Ryan Hartman put the finishing touches on the go-ahead goal to give the Wild the lead in the game, he nudged Binnington’s left pad as he skated. The Blues goalkeeper immediately objected to this and spoiled Hartman’s goal celebration with some awkward moments.
During the ensuing scuffle, Binnington ended up losing his helmet and falling to the ground when the referee stopped him from getting too involved in the fight. The players involved in the scuffle in front of the net just after the goal started to calm down until things got out of control with the Blues keeper.
The referee had to use all his strength to stop Binnington from escalating the event further and as they slid down the ice together, Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury decided to get involved. Fleury skated across the ice to meet Binnington in the neutral zone, but was stopped by a few referees who got in their way.
Binnington is 22-24-5 this year as the Blues’ starting goaltender. He has a 3.39 GAA and 0.892 SV% with two shutouts. This year has been a worse version of Binnington struggling last season. He still has four years left on his contract paying him an AAV of $6 million a year.
Over his career, Binnington is 112-70-25 with a 2.78 GAA and 0.906 SV% in 214 NHL games. This story will be updated when the verdict comes out of the hearing.