PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Penguins trimmed payroll and added some badly needed size Thursday by trading defenseman Kevin Hatcher, their second highest-paid player, to the New York Rangers for defenseman Peter Popovic.

The Penguins were eager to trim their payroll after signing defenseman Darius Kasparaitis to a $3 million, two-year contract on Wednesday. Hatcher is in the final year of a contract worth $3.1 million this season and was the second-highest paid player to Jaromir Jagr's $10.4 million.

Popovic will make $1.4 million this season.

The 33-year-old Hatcher was the Penguins' most productive offensive defenseman, with 45 goals and 95 assists in 140 career games. A 15-year veteran and the bother of the Stars' Derian Hatcher, he is one of only five NHL defensemen to score 30 goals in a season.

Popovic, 31, isn't much of a scorer, but brings size _ he is 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds _ to a team desperately in need of it. The 6-3, 230-pound Hatcher was the Penguins' biggest defenseman, but he is not exceptionally physical and is more of a scorer than an agitator.

Popovic had one goal and 40 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Rangers last season and seven goals and 48 assists in five seasons with the Montreal Canadiens from 1993-98.

Hatcher was originally acquired by the Penguins from the Stars on June 22, 1996, for forward Sergei Zubov. Popovic was the Canadiens' fourth-round pick in the 1988 entry draft.