|Aubin put up impressive numbers at Portland before the Ducks called him up last weekend. |
Gaining a bit of national prominence this year for an AMP Energy commercial he co-starred in with Buffalo
’s Ryan Miller, Jean-Sebastien Aubin also gained a permanent place in Ducks history when he was obtained at the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
In the first-ever deal between crosstown rivals Los Angeles and Anaheim, Aubin was acquired from the Kings in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
“I guess maybe I’ll be a trivia question at some point,” Aubin said Tuesday after practice, on his fourth day spent with the Ducks. “Now I’m known for two things, a commercial and that.”
Pitting Miller and Aubin against each other in a “your mama” joke shootout, the commercial with a slogan of “A goalie must react in 0.5 seconds” debuted successfully during the NHL’s Winter Classic on New Year’s Day.
“I had a lot of fun,” said Aubin, who delivered the lines “Your mama’s so ugly, a plastic surgeon sued her
” and “Your mama’s so ugly she made a mime scream” during the 30-second spot.“I didn’t expect too much out of it. I felt like I did well enough, so people would laugh at me at least. At the same time, I didn’t know how well it would be taken and it’s been taken really well.”
“I’m not going to lie, it’s been hard. It’s been hard on my family and everybody around me. It’s part of the game. Some years you move more than others.” - Aubin on playing in four cities this season
Back at his day job, the 30-year-old Aubin has had a tough year shuttling between four teams (Los Angeles
, AHL affiliates Manchester
and finally Anaheim
) with the Ducks being his most current destination. He was an emergency call-up on March 22 in light of the only other Jean-Sebastien in NHL history (Giguere) ailing with back spasms. Although Aubin was available during Anaheim
’s 2-1 victory in Phoenix
last Saturday, he wasn’t needed as backup Jonas Hiller
started for the second straight night and earned the win.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s been hard,” said Aubin, who hasn't even had time to change the Kings mask he's worn in Portland and Anaheim. “It’s been hard on my family and everybody around me. It’s part of the game. Some years you move more than others.”
Aubin impressed in Portland since the trade, appearing in seven games with the Pirates and going 4-2-0 with a 1.80 goals against average, .934 save percentage and two shutouts.
Familiar with Aubin from their days in juniors through the NHL, Giguere said having an experienced goaltender (218 games played for Aubin in nine seasons) available for such circumstances is a privilege.
“He’s a guy who has played a lot of games in the NHL,” Giguere said. “It’s nice having him for depth. We know if something happens to Jonas or me, that he can still step in and do the job.”
One of the benefits Aubin sees in coming to the Ducks is the chance to be able to work with renowned goalie coach Francois Allaire, who has developed Giguere, Hiller, Phoenix
’s Ilya Bryzgalov and Patrick Roy among others.
“Every goalie Francois has worked with went on to play really well and have a pretty good career,” Aubin said. “I can’t wait to start working with him, even if I’m 30 years old. Maybe I should have had him a little bit before.”
With the Ducks for less than a week, Aubin already notices stark contrasts between his new team and his former employers down the freeway. He’ll likely be on the Ducks bench when Anaheim
faces the Kings on Wednesday night at Honda Center.
“The Kings are going to be a really good team down the road,” Aubin said. “Here it’s a veteran team. They know how to win. They find ways to win. It’s a great and very confident locker room.”
And the guy who in the last six months has been a commercial star, trivia question answer, King, Monarch and Pirate is happy to be a Duck for at least a few days.NOTES
While Chris Kunitz returned to practice after a maintenance day on Monday, Giguere (back spasms) and Ryan Getzlaf (upper body injury) did not partake in team drills for a second straight day.
“Getzlaf skated again this morning before practice,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. “We’ll see after the morning skate tomorrow how things are. Giguere did not skate, so he’s got more of a challenge, but we think that there is a possibility for both players.”
Giguere also discussed his back spasms and the probability that he will return from a two-game hiatus on Wednesday against Los Angeles.
“It’s doubtful obviously, but I’m hoping to be able to maybe skate tomorrow morning and see how it’s going to go,” Giguere said. “Not having any practice days this week doesn’t make things any easier.”
Both Corey Perry (torn right quadriceps tendon) and Ryan Carter (broken wrist) were also present at the arena. Perry was seen walking around amid rehabilitation and Carter skated for the second straight day on his own.