Free Agency 2012: Caps Add Defenseman Jack Hillen

The Washington Capitals have announced the signing of 26-year old defenseman Jack Hillen to a one-year, one-way contract worth $650,000.

Hillen spent last season with the Nashville Predators, appearing in 55 games and scoring six total points.  In his previous two seasons with the New York Islanders, Hillen had 22 and 21 points respectively.

Hillen is the second player added by General Manager George McPhee during the 2012 free agency period, to go along with Joey Crabb who was signed Sunday.  Hillen and Crabb were teammates at Colorado College from 2004-2006. 

McPhee still has some work to do to fill the holes on the blue line, mainly the one left by Dennis Wideman’s departure to Calgary.  Hillen will help to add depth to the defense corps, but is not a player of Wideman’s quality.

 

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