Blues reward Jordan Binnington with 2-year deal after Stanley Cup win

The Blues have given goalie Jordan Binnington exactly what he deserves — a contract extension.

St. Louis announced Saturday, it had avoided arbitration with the Calder Trophy finalist by signing him to a two-year deal worth $8.8 million.

Binnington was called up to the big club in the middle of the season and took over the starting job in January when St. Louis had the worst record in the NHL.

He proceeded to go 24-5-1 and won 16 games in the playoffs to lead the Blues to the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history.

This was a no-brainer.

“I’m happy to get this deal done with the St. Louis Blues,” Binnington told stlouisblues.com. “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.”

Binnington, 26, finished second in the Calder Trophy voting to Canucks forward Elias Pettersson and was in contention to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is awarded to the best player in the postseason.

He went 16-10 in the playoffs with a .914 save percentage and a 2.46 goals against average. He was removed from just one game and came back to start the next one and won that as well in the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins.

“We are pleased to have Jordan signed for two more years,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “His play was outstanding and we look forward to seeing him continue to be a major contributor for our team.”