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John Tavares gets sentimental about Nassau Coliseum

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates a third period goal against the Winnipeg Jets scored by teammate Matt Moulson at Nassau Coliseum. (April 2, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Islanders' move to Brooklyn isn’t scheduled to occur until the 2015-16 season, but an accelerated timetable is always possible.

Yet for John Tavares, the countdown for leaving Nassau Coliseum has already started. And he’s getting sentimental about it.

"There’s been a lot of special moments, a lot of great things have happened in this building,’’ he said after Monday’s practice. "Obviously we know the move is coming relatively soon and we want to play well and finish here well. It’s become home, you learn to like it. It will be bittersweet for sure when it comes."

Redevelopment plans for a scaled-down Coliseum were due Monday. There has been speculation that the Islanders would ask Nassau County to break their lease for an earlier departure to Barclays Center. No official has commented on that possibility. The Islanders are scheduled to play an exhibition game at Barclays next fall.

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Jack Capuano expects Brian Strait, who broke his ankle Feb. 18, to return before the regular season ends next week. "He’s skating hard again [Monday]," Capuano said. "He’ll skate this week. He’s getting right there."

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