Saturday February 28th, 2015

The Capitals have acquired defenseman Tim Gleason in a trade with the Hurricanes, both teams announced on Saturday.

In exchange for Gleason, Washington will send Carolina defenseman Jack Hillen and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft that was originally acquired from the Coyotes.

Gleason, 32, has played with three teams over 12 total seasons. In 55 games with the Hurricanes this season, Gleason recorded seven points while averaging 16:39 of time on ice.

“We are pleased to welcome Tim to our organization,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. “Tim is a veteran, physical defenseman and we feel his experience, toughness and skill set further strengthens our blueline.”

Hillen, 29, recorded five points in 35 games with the Capitals this season. He has also had stints with the Islanders and Predators.

“Tim has been a steady presence on and off the ice for our team, and I wish him all the best in Washington,” Hurricanes 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.”

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