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With Dillon's size, toughness, Caps can play 'heavy' hockey

ARLINGTON — If there’s a theme to the Washington Capitals‘ acquisitions since last offseason — Garnet Hathaway, Radko Gudas and now Brenden Dillon — it’s players that are “not fun to play against.”

That’s how coach Todd Reirden described Dillon one day after the Capitals acquired the defenseman from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2020 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2021 third-round pick.

Adding the 6-foot-4, 225-pound blueliner gives Washington another physical piece in its pursuit of playing “heavy” hockey this season. Dillon is ninth in the NHL this year with 178 hits.