Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 14, 2004. Traded to Chicago by Philadelphia with Patrick Sharp for Matt Ellison and Chicago's 3rd round choice (later traded to Montreal - Montereal selected Ryan White) in 2006 Entry Draft, December 5, 2005. Traded to Philadelphia by Chicago for Vaclav Pletka, August 2, 2006.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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