Brian Strait back on skates! No. 37 skated solo today after #Isles practice for the 1st time since 2/18. instagram.com/p/Xu2gaAkw0c/
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) April 5, 2013
Like Joensuu, this is like picking up a free agent and just adding more quality than depth. There's a reason why Strait got a new contract extension from the Isles at the beginning of the season. He's that good. I've seen him many times as a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin (little more than an hours drive for me) and I can tell you this folks, every Penguins fan, from the minors to the big club were very heated and sad the the Isles plucked him off of waivers, but at the same time were very excited for him because he is an NHL ready defenseman. The quicker he comes back, the more dangerous the Islanders are.