Assigned to Togliatti (Russia) by Toronto, December 16, 2003. Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto with Jarkko Immonen, Toronto's 1st round choice (later traded to Calgary - Calgary selected Kris Chucko) in 2004 Entry Draft and Toronto's 2nd round choice (Michael Sauer) in 2005 Entry Draft for Brian Leetch and Edmonton's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Toronto selected Roman Kukumberg) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 3, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Togliatti (Russia), November 11, 2004. Traded to Anaheim by NY Rangers for Petr Sykora and NY Rangers' 4th round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Washington - Washington selected Brett Bruneteau) in 2007 Entry Draft, January 8, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Togliatti (Russia), August 18, 2006.
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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