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Thrashers, Mighty Ducks make swap

The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired defenseman Mark Popovic from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for forward Kip Brennan.

Popovic, 22, notched 18 points (1g, 17a) in 74 games with Cincinnati (AHL) last season. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound defenseman shared third among Cincinnati blueliners in points and was third in assists. Popovic also shared first among team defensemen with three assists and was tied for second with five points in 11 playoff games.

The native of Stoney Creek, Ont., set AHL career highs with 21 assists and 24 points in 2002-03. He has earned 56 points (8g, 48a) and 156 penalty minutes in 221 AHL career games with Cincinnati over the past three seasons.

Popovic, selected by Anaheim in the second round, 35th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, has played one career NHL game with the Mighty Ducks.

Kip Brennan has amassed 854 PIM in just 152 AHL games over the past five seasons.

Brennan, who turns 25 on Saturday, recorded seven goals, six assists and 267 penalty minutes in 48 contests with the Chicago Wolves in 2004-05. He added one goal, one assist and 105 PIM in 18 playoff contests for the Western Conference champions.

In 152 career regular-season games with Chicago, Manchester and Lowell in the AHL, Brennan has totaled 28 points (16g, 12a) and 854 minutes in penalties.

A fourth-round draft pick by Los Angeles in 1998, Brennan (6-4, 222) has appeared in 46 career NHL matches with the Thrashers and Kings, registering one goal and 175 PIM.