NHL Player Safety comes down on Jordan Binnington.

NHL Player Safety comes down on Jordan Binnington.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington once again draws attention for the wrong reasons.

Jonathan Larivee

The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety has come down on St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington.

On Saturday night, Binnington caught Nashville Predators forward Luke Evangelista in the face with the butt end of his stick as Evangelista was making his way around the back of the Blues' net. The blow wasn't the most physical thing you're going to see but it did catch Evangelista good enough that it left him in some discomfort.

Binnington has been assessed the maximum allowable fine under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, with $5,000 coming out of his pocket.

This one is interesting because there was quite a bit of debate regarding whether or not this had been an intentional blow, but it would seem as though the league itself feels it was in fact intentional, or at the very least reckless. Some tried to argue that Binnington was merely tapping his post, but given his reputation for getting involved physically in games I wasn't buying that and it would appear that neither did the NHL.

If you missed the play live, here's a short replay: