NHL All-Rookie Team (2004)
Signed as a free agent by Espoo (Finland), September 29, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Renon (Italy), January 3, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Ambri-Piotta (Swiss), February 25, 2005. Traded to Tampa Bay by Pittsburgh with Gary Roberts for Tampa Bay's 3rd round choice (Ben Hanowski) in 2009 Entry Draft, June 28, 2008. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to lower-body and shoulder injuries. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, September 11, 2014.
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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