Hillen, 26, signed with the New York Islanders in 2008 after going undrafted and played in four different seasons with the team before signing with the Nashville Predators for the 2011-12 season with whom he made his playoffs debut. Hillen has 56 career points in 230 games during his career in the NHL. He appeared in 55 games during the 2011-12 season with the Predators and finished the season with 65 blocked shots.
The move was announced just two days after McPhee called the available free agents "not a great crop" and that "it's hard to survive bad contracts." Accordingly, McPhee's only two moves in free agency thus far have been to sign depth players like Hillen and Joey Crabb.