Donte Whitner, Brian Hartline, Paul Kruger and Gary Barnidge were among the popular veterans dumped, and Brown and his staff didn’t handle those moves well. The signing of Kevin Zeitler was the best addition, while the team overpaid for players such as Jamie Collins. The decision not to re-sign Terrelle Pryor looks better now but looked bad then, given that the horrible free-agent alternative was Kenny Britt.
The best trade of the three options, Jeter said, was with the Yankees. Jeter did not note that Stanton vetoed possible deals to the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.
Jeter, whose number is retired by the Yankees, scoffed at the suggestion that he wanted to help his former club, which is backed up by the fact that he and the team have had barely any relationship since he retired, except for some Monument Park ceremonies honoring him and some of his teammates.
But the Knicks allowed the Hawks to make it interesting.
“We were good for the first 50 (minutes),” Goligoski said. “Got good goaltending again. It was disappointing not to finish that out early and push it to overtime.”
Wedgewood and Crawford were locked in a scoreless duel when John Hayden made a nice pass to set up Wingels’ one-timer 7:36 into the third period. Wingels also scored a tying short-handed goal in the third during Chicago’s overtime win Friday night.