Aubin rift overblown?

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

LOS ANGELES -- Though it is probable Paul Maurice and Jean-Sebastien Aubin won't be sitting down to dinner during the Maple Leafs' stay in California, the coach played down lingering stories of a feud.

Aubin played goal for Maurice with the Marlies in 2005-06 and came up to the Leafs late that season when Ed Belfour was hurt and Mikael Tellqvist slumped.

Aubin almost got the Leafs into the playoffs with a run of 9-0-2. But with Maurice running the Leafs, most of the work went to Andrew Raycroft. Aubin was not re-signed this season and now is the L.A. Kings' backup.

"He wanted to play more, I didn't want him to play more," Maurice said before the Leafs played the Kings last night, believing that dispute to be no more significant than any other coach/goalie confrontation. "I don't know what his relationship was with his teammates."

Maurice, who spent some time as a TV analyst, often is amazed when respected players get labelled malcontents, while those on the best terms with the media and public are thought to be the opposite by their peers.

"I never had a problem with Tom Barrasso," Maurice said of the terse and testy goalie when he played in Carolina.

"That might not be true of a lot of you (reporters)."


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