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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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