Jack Hillen has signed a two year extension worth $700,000 per with the Washington Capitals today.
Hillen, 26, appeared in 55 games with the Predators in 2011-12 primarily skating on the third defensive pairing. The Minnesota native recorded six points (two goals, four assists) and had a plus-6 rating in Nashville but did not receive a qualifying offer from the team and became an unrestricted free agent.
Hillen was won of the top six defenseman for the Washington Capitals for the team’s opener in Tampa on Jan. 19, but he suffered an upper body injury on a bodycheck from the Lightning’s Vincent Lecavalier and was sidelined for the better part of two months. He would return to the lineup on March 16th, and would get his first point of the season this past Sunday in Philadelphia, collecting an assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s first-period goal.
Thought of as a depth defenseman during the past few seasons, Hillen averaged 20:42 a night for the Islanders during the 2009-2010 season. His ice time dipped to 18:49 with New York the following season and he averaged 14:04 a night in 55 games as a depth defenseman with the Nashville Predators last season.
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