Hurricanes trade Gleason to Washington

Chris Baird - TSN via Baird Photography

Chris Baird – TSN via Baird Photography

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Saturday that they had acquired defenseman Jack Hillen and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Tim Gleason.

The trade was announced mid-day following the Hurricanes’ 3-0 win over the Capitals the night before.

“Tim has been a steady presence on and off the ice for our team, and I wish him all the best in Washington,” executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis said.

“This gives us a chance to take a look at Jack for the remainder of the season and continue to accumulate assets for a deep draft this summer.”

Hillen, 29, is in his eighth NHL season and has totaled five assists in 35 games for Washington this season.

The Minnetonka, Minn., native has appeared in 301 career NHL games with the Islanders, Predators, and Capitals, tallying 71 points (13g, 58a) and totaling 157 penalty minutes.

Hillen (5’10”, 190 lbs.) established career highs in goals (4), assists (18) and points (22) with the Islanders during the 2010-11 season.

The 2015 fourth-round selection acquired by the Hurricanes is Arizona’s pick, acquired by Washington when the Capitals traded Martin Erat and John Mitchell to the Coyotes on Mar. 4, 2014.