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Latest Jack Hillen Items
The goal for Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen was to return to his native Minnesota over the NHL’s Winter Olympic break and make sure the progress he has made recovering from a broken leg did not erode. Apparently, Hillen accomplished that and more after he returned for five practices with Washington last week. On Tuesday, the Caps assigned Hillen to AHL Hershey, where he will be on a long-term injury/illness conditioning loan.
Capitals general manager George McPhee says he likes his blue line, but will make a move if it makes sense.
The Olympic break means different things for different NHL teams. For the Capitals, it could mean getting a handful of players back in good health for the 23-game stretch run.
Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen has another month to go before he can put weight on his broken right leg.
There is more to the Capitals' win streak than the play of those expected to play at such a high level. Steve Oleksy's play on defense, Jack Hillen's solid defense as well as his scoring surge, Jason Chimera showing he still has "it" – pretty much the entire roster is playing at a high level.
Jay McClement shoved Nicklas Backstrom's head into the boards, and Alex Ovechkin came to his teammate's aid. Washington Capitals fans roared at the replay, and it didn't even matter that the captain took a penalty by jumping the Toronto Maple Leafs forward. From that moment on, the Caps dominated the Maple Leafs on the way to a 5-1 rout, their eighth straight victory.
It was Montreal's first loss to a Southeast team (11-1-0) in 2013, but the Capitals always play well at the Bell Centre, where they are 6-0-1 in their last seven visits.
Hillen's deal is worth $1.4 million, so his cap hit will be $700,000 in each of the next two years.
Cameron Schilling likes to play it safe. He bought clothes with his first paycheck from the Washington Capitals, and he drives a used Audi.