Blues goalie Jordan Binnington's unique stint with Bruins, explained


Sure, David Backes has history with both the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins.

But he's no Jordan Binnington.

The Blues goaltender, you see, spent the entire 2017-18 season with the Bruins' AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins. But Binnington technically was still part of St. Louis organization during that stint, meaning he was a member of both participants in this year's Stanley Cup Final -- at the same time.

Confused? Allow us to enlighten you.

When the NHL expanded to 31 teams in 2017 to accommodate the Golden Knights, the Blues' AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, reached a deal to become Vegas' new AHL squad.

But the Wolves' departure left St. Louis without an AHL affiliate for the 2017-18 season. So, the Blues simply loaned their minor-league players to other AHL teams to give them playing time ... which is how Binnington ended up in Providence in 2017.

The young goalie made the most of his opportunity, posting a team-best .926 save percentage and 2.05 goals against average over 28 games despite having no chance of being promoted to Boston's NHL roster.

The Blues since have found a new AHL affiliate in the San Antonio Rampage, while the 25-year-old Binnington since has blossomed into a star, leading the NHL in his de facto rookie season with a 1.89 goals against average and helping St. Louis reach its first Stanley Cup Final since 1970.

But Binnington's final test will be stopping a talented Bruins team featuring three players -- Danton Heinen, Matt Grzelcyk and Connor Clifton -- who were his "teammates" just one season ago.

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