In case you missed it last night, the Colorado Avalanche once again trounced the St. Louis Blues and officially swept them in their first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series. The Blues post-season run is over, as are the antics from their goaltender Jordan Binnington.
You may recall that Binnington tried to get at Avs goaltender Philipp Grubauer at the conclusion of Game 1 before an official managed to get between the pair.
After that transpired Grubauer had a simple message for Binnington when asked by the media:
"I worry about my game. I worry about stopping the pucks."
What a novel concept...
Now, with the series officially in the books and with Grubauer and the Avs moving on to round two of the post-season, the German netminder posted a light-hearted jab at Binnington and the Blues on his Instagram account.
Check out Grubauer's post with the caption "Memories from round 1":
How's that for a chirp?
It's damn near perfect. No threats, no pointed accusations, just a light hearted jab that shows how foolish Binnington looked in that moment. Now, just a week later Grubauer is moving on in the post-season while Binnington has months to contemplate what went wrong. And honestly, it's going to be a sobering offseason for not just Binnington, but for the entire Blues organization.
Sure, they're just two years removed from a Stanley Cup championship, but this is a team that looks like a shadow of its former self. It's obvious that the loss of former captain Alex Pietrangelo to the Vegas Golden Knights in free agency has hurt the team badly. The retirement of two veterans like Alex Steen and Jay Bouwmeester has likely had an impact, as well. Perhaps the biggest problem though has been the drop off in play from Binnington himself. He was arguably the NHL's best goaltender the season the Blues won the Cup, but now he's one of the biggest under-performers in the entire NHL. Worse yet though is that his brand spanking new six year, $36 million contract kicks in next season. He'll count for $6 million against the Blues' cap until 2027.