Binnington signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues on Friday. Binnington is behind Jake Allen and Carter Hutton on the Blues' depth chart at goaltender, and will thus spend the majority of the 2016-17 campaign in the minors. The 23-year-old backstop appeared in 41 games with AHL Chicago last season, compiling a 17-18-5 record with an unattractive 2.85 GAA and .907 save percentage over that span. Binnington is still at least one full season away from making the jump to the NHL.
Binnington was reassigned to AHL Chicago on Sunday. Binnington did not play in his brief stint with the big club, and was sent down after Jake Allen (knee) was activated from injured reserve.
Binnington was recalled from AHL Chicago on Wednesday. Binnington has played one game in the NHL this season, but it's unlikely that he'll receive many starts during this recall. Brian Elliott has started 16 consecutive games since Jake Allen went down with a knee injury, and has been spectacular while doing so (10-3-3, 1.73 GAA, .945 save percentage). Allen has been skating since Friday, so it's possible that Binnington is sent down without seeing any game action.
Binnington was sent back to AHL Chicago on Monday. With the Blues done in terms of games before the All-Star break, they will send the 22-year-old netminder back to the AHL affiliate for some extra work. The move could also indicate that Jake Allen will be back after the All-Star break, which would likely mean Binnington's run with the parent club would come to an end for the time being.
Binnington stopped three of four shots in his NHL debut Thursday after replacing Brian Elliott in the third period of a 4-1 loss to Carolina. An against-the-grain coaching move by Ken Hitchcock to replace Brian Elliott with Binnington didn't result in a miraculous Blues comeback, but hey, he tried. Considering Binnington's unimpressive AHL numbers, it's hard to believe he'll displace Brian Elliott between the pipes too often while Jack Allen's sidelined with a lower-body injury.
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