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Isles’ Strait (broken ankle) will return before end of regular season

Apr 15, 2013, 2:23 PM EST

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The New York Islanders will get some defensive reinforcements down the stretch.

That was the word out of Long Island on Monday as head coach Jack Capuano said injured defenseman Brian Strait is “close” to returning to action.

Strait, 25, was put on injured reserve in mid-February after breaking his ankle in a game against the Flyers.

According to NHL.com’s Brian Compton, Strait will “definitely” play before the end of the regular season.

Pittburgh’s third-round selection (65th overall) at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Strait was plucked off waivers from the Pens the day prior to New York’s season-opening loss to New Jersey and appeared in 15 games for the Isles before getting hurt, registering four assists with a plus-3 rating while averaging 17:54 in ice time.

On Jan. 31, the Islanders signed Strait to a three-year, $2.3 million extension.

New York currently sits seventh in the Eastern Conference with 47 points, three clear of ninth-place Winnipeg. They have six games remaining on their schedule, which includes a five-game road trip to close out the year in Toronto, Winnipeg, Carolina, Philadelphia and Buffalo.

Update: The Isles have activated Strait from injured reserve.

  1. bcisleman - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Strait isn’t much on offense but will help a lot on defense. He will make the Isles deeper and stronger going into the stretch run and the playoffs.

    • islesjb - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Definitely an upgrade over Carkner. More defensively sound with none of the dumb penalties. Streit-Strait pairing was as effective as it was confusing for Howie and Butch

  2. dayno66 - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Really wish the pens had found a way to keep him. Def could have got a pick for him at the deadline, as opposed to losing him for nothing.

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