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Strudwick back for one year

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Jason Strudwick has the stomach to do what fellow Edmontonians Jay Bouwmeester, Mike Comrie and Joffrey Lupul didn't.

Play in his hometown.

He's a local boy who is actually glad to be here, and is here now that he just re-upped with a one-year, $700,000 contract.

"We're really happy, really happy," said the tough, versatile and popular defenceman/forward.

"I'm from Edmonton, I like Edmonton and obviously this is where I want to be. Once we actually got down and started talking (contract) it was pretty easy for everybody."

He was jacked about coming back home last season, his first with the Oilers, and after spending a season here loves it even more.

"It's a little different this year," he said. "Last year I didn't know what to expect.

"I didn't know the team or the guys or anything. And after seeing it up close, it's even clearer -- this is where I want to be.

"We didn't quite do what we wanted to last year but we have a good group of guys and we're going to get better."

Strudwick, 33, played 71 games last season, notching nine points (2-7-9) and 60 penalty minutes.

He's a character guy on the ice, in the room and in the community.

"We were very impressed by Jason's all-around abilities last season and more importantly the leadership role he played," said GM Steve Tambellini.

"Both Jason and his wife Schoena have been great additions to our organization and our city."


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