Missed majority of 2005-06 due to knee injury vs. Pittsburgh, November 3, 2005. Traded to Boston by NY Islanders for Ben Walter and Boston's 2nd round choice (later traded to Columbus Columbus selected Kevin Lynch) in 2009 Entry Draft, September 11, 2007. Traded to Anaheim by Boston for Steve Montador, March 4, 2009. Traded to Phoenix by Anaheim for Phoenix's 6th round choice (later traded to Ottawa Ottawa selected Max McCormick) in 2011 Entry Draft, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), August 28, 2010. Traded to Montreal by Phoenix with Garrett Stafford for Brock Trotter and Montreal's 7th round choice (Marek Langhamer) in 2012 Entry Draft, October 23, 2011. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to recurring back injury and as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Gavle (Sweden), August 16, 2013.
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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