Traded to Ottawa by Minnesota for Ottawa's 6th round choice (Pontus Sjalin) in 2014 Entry Draft, March 12, 2013. Missed majority of 2012-13 and 2013-14 as a healthy reserve. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Portland (AHL), October 9, 2014. Released by Portland (AHL), October 21, 2014.
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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