Updated, 2:08 p.m.: The Capitals have signed former Nashville defenseman Jack Hillen to a one-year, one-way contract worth $650,000.
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.
“I’m really excited to be with Washington, to help add some defensive depth to their blueline,” Hillen said on a conference call Tuesday. “I’m a good puck-moving defenseman, who makes a good first pass and am a little more physical than people give me credit for. I think that fits in well with Washington’s style of play.”
Prior to his time in Nashville, Hillen spent four seasons with the New York Islanders, appearing in 175 games over that span. Hillen also was a Colorado College teammate of recently acquired winger Joey Crabb.
The Hillen signing is an interesting one for the Capitals, who seem to have an abundance of depth defensemen. With the addition of Hillen, Washington has six NHL defensemen — not counting injured Tom Poti — under contract for the 2012-13 season prior to re-signing restricted free agents John Carlson and Mike Green.
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