Stafford (10/30/1985, 6-2,220 lbs) appeared in 79 games last season collecting NHL career-highs in goals (20), assists (25) and points (45). During the 2008-09 campaign, Stafford had 12 multi-point games and picked up his second career hat trick on January 12 against the Edmonton Oilers.
In three NHL seasons with Buffalo, Stafford has totaled 110 points (49+61) in 184 games.
The native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was selected by the Sabres in the first round (13th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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