Chambers: Blues goalkeeper Jordan Binnington embarrassed himself against Avs

Chambers: Blues goalkeeper Jordan Binnington embarrassed himself against Avs

Jordan Binnington is an “old school” goalkeeper, an eccentric personality that Blues’ teammates and rivals are not particularly interested in but who usually prefer to ignore. He’s a great example of a guy who wouldn’t have worked if he didn’t know how to hit the puck.

But it is very important to attach great importance to Binnington’s tantrum over the 4-3 loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night because it speaks to how a professional athlete should behave. Young goalkeepers need to understand that Binnington is in the league only because St. Louis puts up with his history of amateur behavior – including a stunt during last year’s playoffs when he tried to engage former Avs goalkeeper Philip Grubauer.

“Yes, it caught fire. He’s a hot guy, “Blues coach Craig Berub said of Binnington when asked about his stick to the face of ABC center Nazem Qadri and how he threw the puck to Colorado goalkeeper Darcy Kuamper during a stop. games. “He was not happy with things. That’s what it is, so … I’m not going to go into details.

Exactly.

The Blues ignore Binnington’s antics, and so does the league. Binnington was found guilty of a 10-minute misdemeanor, but did not spend a second in the penalty area, and he was not marked by the NHL Player Safety Department on Friday. Perhaps this is the dumbest rule in hockey: goalkeepers don’t take penalties. A teammate does. So defender Robert Bortuzzo spent 10 minutes in the penalty area instead of Binnington.

Binnington, 1-5 against the Avs since last season’s playoffs, is the main reason Colorado fans hate the Blues like they probably no other team.

Coach K. Joel Kenneville was an NHL player for the Colorado Rockies from 1979 to 1982, he won the 1996 Stanley Cup with Avalanche as assistant coach, and he is third most head coach wins at Avalanche (130) in three seasons as a bench boss. from 2005-08.

His NHL coaching career likely ended at the age of 63.

Kenneville resigned as head coach for the Florida Panthers on Thursday because he did the wrong thing in pursuing the Stanley Cup as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. He ignored allegations that one of his assistants, video trainer Brad Aldrich, sexually assaulted a young Blackhawks prospect, known in court documents as John Doe and later identified as Kyle Beach.