Carolina Hurricanes

Hillen out with concussion, Peters says

The Canes Jack Hillen (38) fires a shot against the Wild's Jonas Brodin (25) during the first period. The Canes recently acquired Hillen from Washington in a trade for Tim Gleason.
The Canes Jack Hillen (38) fires a shot against the Wild's Jonas Brodin (25) during the first period. The Canes recently acquired Hillen from Washington in a trade for Tim Gleason. cseward@newsobserver.com

The Carolina Hurricanes may be without newly acquired defenseman Jack Hillen for a while.

Canes coach Bill Peters said Monday that Hillen is out with a concussion. It was initially believed Hillen had suffered a shoulder injury but Peters said it now has been ruled he is concussed and will be out indefinitely.

Hillen was traded to the Canes from the Washington Capitals in the Feb. 28 deal that sent defenseman Tim Gleason to the Caps. He played his first three games for the Canes but missed the 7-4 win Sunday over the Edmonton Oilers.

Even with Gleason and Andrej Sekera traded and Hillen now out, the Canes aren't hurting for defensemen. They had seven dressed Monday for practice.

Justin Faulk and Ron Hainsey are the Canes' top pair, and Peters had Rasmus Rissanen and Ryan Murphy working together Monday, and Michal Jordan with Brett Bellemore. John-Michael Liles worked with forward Chris Terry, who filled in as an eighth D-man.

Murphy had teammates laughing after practice when he fell to the ice and did his best imitation of Alex Semin's sprawling shot and score against the Oilers -- the one Eric Staal referred to Sunday as a “circus shot” that was a “desperation play with skill on top of it.”

Murphy played his first game since Feb. 5 on Sunday after sitting out 11 games with a lower-body injury.

The Canes face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday at PNC Arena.

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