Hurricanes swap defensemen with Caps, defeat Islanders
FEB 28, 8:14p ET | AP
Rotowire: Feb 28 / 9:12a ET
News: Hillen was traded to the Hurricanes on Saturday along with a 2015 fourth-round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Tim Gleason.
Impact: Gleason was bound for free agency after the season, so the deal is mostly about accumulating the extra draft pick for the rebuilding Hurricanes. That being said, Hillen should still receive a look on the team's third pairing over the final month and a half, though expectations should remain low. On a much more offensively skilled team in the Capitals, Hillen had managed to accumulate five points in 35 games.
Rotowire: Feb 22 / 2:24p ET
News: Hillen was a healthy scratch for the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Mike Vogel of Monumental Network reports.
Impact: Given that Sunday's contest was the second of back-to-back games and the Caps are trying to explore their organizational depth ahead of the March 2 trade deadline, it made sense for them to give Hillen the day off. While he remains a valuable member of the Capitals' defensive corps, particularly with Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt on the injured list, Hillen's lack of opportunity on a deep Capitals blue line keeps him from being fantasy-relevant outside of very deep leagues, as he has just five assists in 34 games this season.
Rotowire: Jan 5 / 3:39p ET
News: Hillen has recorded an assist in three consecutive games.
Impact: It's a remarkable achievement, considering that Hillen hasn't been on the ice for more than 14 minutes in any of those contests and hasn't logged a single second on the Capitals' power-play unit. The production probably will allow Hillen to remain a regular for Washington on the third pairing over Nate Schmidt in the near term, but nothing about his career production suggests this offensive spurt can be maintained.