If he had any inkling Jean-Sebastien Aubin was going to be a problem in the dressing room, Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson would have gone in another direction.
"I re-signed him," Ferguson said yesterday. "Other than that, I don't want to comment on uninformed opinion."
There was a report earlier this week that the Leafs should not go with Aubin as the back-up to Andrew Raycroft because he is not a good teammate.
Leafs winger Darcy Tucker was taken aback by the suggestion.
"I don't know where that premise comes from," Tucker said. "It's a shocker to me."
Said Jay Harrison, a teammate of Aubin with the Marlies last season: "People must be looking for something to talk about. I get along very well with him."
Aubin has acknowledged there was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins he did not get along with when he played for that club, but like his present teammates, is not sure why attention is being brought to the report.
"There's nothing to justify," said Aubin, who signed a one-way deal in April. "I love being here and I love my teammates. My focus is on the ice, not the outside."