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Binnington OUT, could be fined; No discipline for Kadri



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ST. LOUIS – Jordan Binnington will miss the rest of Round 2 against the Avalanche, the St. Louis Blues announced today. The injury, suspected to be to a knee, was the result of Nazem Kadri and Calle Rosen colliding into him in the first period last night.

I’m told by my sources that Kadri will face no supplemental discipline over the incident. But, my sources say, Binnington is likely to be fined by the NHL for throwing a water bottle at Kadri while he was live on the air with TNT after the game.

Sooooooo….yeah, tomorrow night’s game here is going to be interesting. Will the Blues goon it up for physical revenge? If so, they can probably kiss goodbye their chances of winning this series, as the Avs will light ’em up on the power play and maybe put their own guys out with suspensions if they do anything horrible.

Should the Avs dress Kurtis MacDermid? Jared Bednar did say this morning that MacDermid is a possibility to play Game 4. But he also said it’s possible Jack Johnson and/or Ryan Murray play as well, in place of the injured Sam Girard, who will also miss the rest of the series with a broken sternum.

Nobody seems to want to talk about the Barbashev hit on Girard that put out one of the Avs’ better players, by the way, with a borderline dirty hit. Just like Robert Bortuzzo said today…

…Barbashev knew exactly what he was doing too. He hit a guy’s head into the glass from the side. Suspendable? Probably not, as it was more in the heat of the moment. But so was the Kadri/Binnington/Rosen situation. They were each going for a loose puck (after a juicy rebound given by Binner) and stuff happens.

Bortuzzo did add, as the clip above shows, “Having said that, we’re not going to misplace any of our energy moving forward here. We’re just trying to win the series.”

Craig Berube said, “We’ve moved on from it. I really don’t want to talk about it anymore. Because, it doesn’t do anything to talk about it anymore. We’ve got to get focused for tomorrow’s game.”

Listen, we can’t, as Avs watchers, expect the Blues to just be like, “Oh, no problem, it was all clean and fine and dandy and it’s no problem at all with Kadri.” 

If Darcy Kuemper were injured on the same play, with someone like Schenn plowing into him, we’d all be screaming bloody murder too. But, I think the Blues privately know this was not a premeditated act by Kadri. They know. But they also have to say things that show they’re upset and appease their fans, too.

Lots of goalies get run into on loose pucks, just like what happened with Binnington. It just so happens, this time, that he had a knee injury come out of it as a result. It’s hockey, it happens.

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