Blues Rumors: Binnington To Be Traded As Part Of Major Overhaul This Offseason

What the St. Louis Blues did last offseason wasn't enough and it looks like changes are coming in the summer so this team can head in a more clear direction. With the roster they have, it seems like they are going to be stuck in no man's land for a number of years unless things change. There are some talented young players in the system and already breaking through to the NHL, so in order to properly build for the future, some players that can't get it done right now must be moved.

Elliotte Friedman believes that the Blues will consider moving on from Jordan Binnington in the offseason. This makes sense considering he has played himself into a clear number one goalie in the NHL, not that that role had been stripped from him in years prior, but he didn't have the numbers that other teams would find attractive enough to trade for him.

Friedman noted that the general manager of the Blues, Doug Armstrong, wants to perform major surgery on the team, meaning big changes could be coming. Binnington's numbers are back to where they were in his second season (first full season as a starter) and he is sporting a 2.88 GAA, .911 SV%, and three shutouts in 53 games. He is also 28-20-4.

Binnington's contract switches from a full no-trade clause to a modified one in the summer, so the Blues will have some options if they go this route. He earns $6 million AAV and it is somewhat difficult for the team to move out cap considering the top-four defensemen on the team eat up a lot and can't be moved. The Blues will either be putting a lot of trust in Joel Hofer to start a lot more games or bring in someone to split time or even start for a year. St. Louis is going to be a fun team to watch in the offseason.

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